Orphans of married victims found holding hands don’t know their parents are dead

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Two orphaned children of a married couple found dead holding hands in the back of a lorry still do not know that their parents are dead.

Tran Hai Loc and Nguyen Thi Van, both 35, risked their lives in the hope of finding work and a better life for their four-year-old daughter and five-year-old son.

Tran’s father Tran Dinh Thanh now looks after his orphaned grandchildren. Speaking from the family home in Vinh city, in the Nghe An province of Vietnam, he said: “They are not old enough to be aware of this loss.

“They repeatedly asked why their parents haven’t come home for a long time. Because I didn’t want to lie, I just answered briefly: ‘Your parents are living in heaven.’

“But they don’t know what paradise is, thinking they are living a prosperous life, one that is not as hard as they used to have at home.

“The children even promised themselves that they would be well-behaved and study hard so that their parents could come back and live a prosperous life together.”

Tragic Tran Hai Loc had been unable to earn enough money to support his family in Vietnam.

Brother Tran Hai Nam, 38, said: “It is because life is too difficult, they had to go. No one wants to be away from their children and parents to make a living like that.”

The couple went to Hungary as fruit pickers, organising the work through a firm in Hanoi for £6,000 each. Their families last heard from them on October 18 last year when they said their plans had changed. Four days later, they had gone to a pick-up point en route to Zeebrugge.

The parents of 15-year-old victim Nguyen Huy Hung said: “He loved football very much and he loved UK teams. He was also a good player.

“He always dreamt of going to the UK and he tried very hard to study at school as well as learning English for that purpose.”

The sister of 22-year-old Dang Huu Tuyen called him a “gentle, lovely and dedicated Catholic who never did anything to hurt people”.

The son of Phan Thi Thanh , 41, wrote a poem, Beloved Mommy!, with the lines: “Always by my side/Always guiding me the way.”