GRIEVING father Dr Taufiq Sattar wept as he helped to carry the coffins of his wife and three children.
But he found the strength to poignantly address the crowd, as 10,000 people gathered at Spinney Hill Park, Leicester, to pay their respects to his family.
Speaking after the prayer service, Dublin-based Dr Sattar, pictured, said: "My heart is crying. This is a very sad day. I cried a few times today by carrying the coffin of my family. But this is just natural. I'm not angry, but my heart is broken."
A huge crowd said their last goodbyes to Shehnila Taufiq and her three children, Zainab (19), Bilal (17) and Jamal (15), who died in a house fire last month.
Just hours after the prayers, police charged a 22-year-old man with four counts of murder in connection with the deaths. He is the eighth person to be charged with murder in relation to the fire at the house in Leicester on September 13.
Mourners started gathering at the park early yesterday afternoon.
The coffins were brought from the mortuary at Jame Mosque, Asfordby Street, to the park.
There were tears from not only those who knew the family but thousands who did not. There was silence as Dr Sattar, a consultant neurosurgeon in Beaumont Hospital in Dublin and two private clinics, addressed the mourners.
The coffins will remain at the Leicester mosque until they are transported to Dublin this weekend for a funeral ceremony.
The family spent several years in Ireland before moving to Leicester. The children had also been educated at the Islamic Cultural Centre in Clonskeagh.