Cardi B is being praised and called an “angel” by one Bronx man.
The “WAP” rapper recently pledged to pay for the burial and funeral costs of all 17 victims involved in the tragic Bronx apartment building fire.
In an exclusive report from TMZ, one man, who lost five family members, is praising Cardi for being an “angel” in a dark time.
Cardi B Called An “Angel” By One Bronx Man!
Haji Dukray spoke to the outlet about the rap star’s contribution. His niece died in the fire along with her husband and their three children.
When asked by a reporter if he had any words for Cardi B, Dukray responded, “I will say, Cardi B you are an angel. I cannot thank you enough. My family cannot thank you enough for what you’ve done. I don’t know you. I’m sure you’ve never heard of my family. For you to step up and do what you did for us at this time, all I can do is pray to Allah for you. Allah give you all your wishes and grant you everything in this world you’re asking for.”
Dukray went on to explain how he has five family members he has to bury, and the financial aspect of burying not just one person, but five, is daunting.
“We all know how expensive that could be. And for me not to worry about the cost at all, was just a huge, huge help and a huge relief for my family,” he explained. “I didn’t know it was Cardi B that was responsible for that. I mean knowing now that she is the one responsible, I just gotta pray for her and thank her for being that angel that really stepped up to help my family.
Dukray Lost Five Family Members In The Deadly Fire
According to the outlet, Dukray used to drive 200 miles from Delaware to visit his niece and her family in the Bronx.
On January 9, 2022, a raging fire ripped through a 120-unit tower in the apartment complex and killed 17 people. Tragically, many were taken to the hospital and succumbed to their injuries — including victims as young as 2 years old. Authorities claim the fire was started after a broken space heater malfunctioned, and open doors allowed the smoke to fill the entire building. An investigation is underway to determine why those doors were left open, and if any responsibility is held by the owners of the complex.
Nine adults and eight children’s lives were taken, and the fire is the city’s deadliest in more than three decades.
The Blast previously reported on Cardi B’s generosity and the mayor of New York’s response.
Cardi Is A Bronx Native & Wanted To Help
Cardi B grew up in the same area and wants to help the families suffering from the tragedy.
“I cannot begin to imagine the pain and anguish that the families of the victims are experiencing, but I hope that not having to worry about the costs associated with burying their loved ones will help as they move forward and heal,” Cardi said.
She continued, “I’m extremely proud to be from the Bronx and I have lots of family and friends who live and work there still, So, when I heard about the fire and all of the victims, I knew I needed to do something to help.”
Cardi B reportedly teamed up with The Mayor’s Fund to make sure the entirety of funeral and burial costs is covered for the families, saying, “I send my prayers and condolences to everyone affected by this horrific tragedy.”
The joint effort will also cover repatriation expenses, after several victims will be buried in the Gambia, a country in West Africa.
New York City’s mayor — Eric Adams — broke his silence on the generous gift, saying, “We are grateful for Cardi B, a real superstar on and off the mic, for granting some critical financial relief to families of the victims. The city will be forever thankful to her and also to the grassroots donors and corporate partners who have been able to offer immediate support for our neighbors in need, to reestablish themselves during this difficult time.”
During the initial hours following the tragic fire, Adams addressed the situation in a press conference, saying, it was “going to be one of the worst fires we have witnessed in modern times here in the City of New York.” Adding, “We are going to do everything we can to bring services on the ground here to give them the assistance they need as we all recover from the trauma of what we are witnessing here in the buildings behind us.”