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NYC family, including two children, are among 20k victims killed in Turkey earthquake

A New York City family of four was among the nearly 20,000 who died during the Turkey earthquake. 

Burak Firik, 35, his wife Kimberly, 32, and his two children Hamza, two, and Bilal, one, were visiting relatives in Elbistan, Turkey, when the 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck Kahramanmaraş Province and Syria. 

It was followed with a 7.8 magnitude tremor that struck near the city of Gaziantep, causing hundreds of deaths, including the Firik family, and thousands were injured.

The Firiks, of Corona, Queens, was on the top floor of a five-story building when the natural disaster struck on Monday. 

Firik’s father was sitting in a car outside the building when it collapsed with his family inside. 

Their family in New York City received updates from the relative and were informed of their passing on Wednesday afternoon as they all huddled inside an apartment together, according to Pix 11

Burak Firik, 35, his wife Kimberly, 32, and his two children Hamza, two, and Bilal, one, were visiting relatives when the 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck Turkey and Syria, killing them

Burak Firik, 35, his wife Kimberly, 32, and his two children Hamza, two, and Bilal, one, were visiting relatives when the 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck Turkey and Syria, killing them

Filik (far left) had recently quit his job as a software engineer at Amazon to spend more time with his family and to be able to travel

Filik (far left) had recently quit his job as a software engineer at Amazon to spend more time with his family and to be able to travel 

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) honored the family - where Firik was a board member - in a statement, writing: 'We pray for Allah's mercy for our brother Burak, his family, and all those who have returned to our Creator. Ameen'

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) honored the family – where Firik was a board member – in a statement, writing: ‘We pray for Allah’s mercy for our brother Burak, his family, and all those who have returned to our Creator. Ameen’ 

Kimberly was a biology major at City College, while her husband was a graduate student at Columbia University. Firik had worked as a software engineer for Amazon, according to Pix 11, but he had recently quit his job prior to the family going to Turkey for a month.

He reportedly left his job

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