Family pays tribute to Grenfell Tower victim ‘whose dream was to live in London’



The family of a 78-year-old grandmother who died in the Grenfell Tower fire have paid a heartfelt tribute as they revealed it was her dream to live in London.

Ligaya Moore moved to the capital from the Philippines in 1974 and married a British man, Jim Moore, who died several years before the fire, her relatives said in a statement.

She had been living on the 21st floor of Grenfell Tower when it was destroyed on June 14.

She was formally identified by her loved ones nearly four months after the deadly blaze.

A family statement said: “Forty-three years ago, Aunt Ligaya, DITE, as we fondly called her, lived her dream – to live and work in London.

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Water is sprayed on Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building

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Fire service personnel inside Grenfell Tower in west London

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A view inside the Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building

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Sniffer dogs were sent inside to the tower today

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Fire service personnel inside Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building

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Part of the scorched facade of the Grenfell Tower in London as firefighting continue to damp-down the deadly fire

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Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building

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A view inside the Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building

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“She endured being away with family – not able to attend her mother’s funeral – but in exchange of all the loneliness and homesickness, she met the love of her life, Jim Moore, a British national, had a new family, acquired new friends, and built a new life in London.

“But the dream turned into nightmare on that fateful night of June 14, when the Grenfell Tower was consumed in flames. At this time, she was already living by herself in this building, as her husband … passed away several years back.

“The jolly, bubbly person, the lady who loves to dance and who laughed her heart out, succumbed to a fire which turned her laughter into silence.

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“And after four months of waiting, the news of her identification came. And even if my family prepared for the worst, the pain is as painful as the first time we heard that Ligaya was one of the missing.”

The family thanked the police for their support during the months they were forced to wait until they could identify her remains.

Mrs Moore is the 67th victim of the fire to be formally identified.

Police believe the death toll to be around 80 people, but recently indicated the total could be lower than this.

Nenita Bunggay, Mrs Moore’s best friend, also paid tribute to her, saying: “Ligaya was a jolly and energetic person, she was like my mother and was my best friend. We always spent our time together and she will be greatly missed.”



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