Ten teenagers - two of whom were only 15 years old - were among the 39 migrants found dead inside a refrigerated truck container in southeast England last month, police investigating the human trafficking tragedy revealed Friday.
Police initially said the victims were Chinese nationals, however that identification was called into question after families in Vietnam reported missing family members to authorities and local press.
Another victim was Hoang Van Tiep, an 18-year-old from Dien Chau district, Nghe An province, left a year ago for France where he worked as a dishwasher.
"Our priority has been to identify the victims, to preserve the dignity of those who have died and to support the victims' friends and families".
"It remained of paramount importance to us to ensure that an individual's next of kin were informed, and that they were given some time to absorb this tragic news before we publicly confirmed their loved one's identity".
Of the 39 victims found in a shipping container parked near the south-east English port of Purfleet on October 23, 10 were under the age of 20 and eight were female.
The victims were found in the early hours of October 23 on a truck that had entered Britain on a ferry from Belgium.
The victims came from six provinces - Haiphong, Hai Duong, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Hue - Vietnam's Ministry of Public Security said in a statement. Her family had been unable to contact her since the text arrived saying she was suffocating.
The United Kingdom has charged the driver of the refrigerator truck where the bodies were found with 39 counts of manslaughter, conspiracy to traffic people, conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration and money laundering. "My journey overseas doesn't succeed", she wrote.
It is understood they are on the run from senior figures of a people smuggling gang as opposed to the police. Mom and dad I love you so much! "I'm dying because I can't breathe", she said.
Essex Police have started extradition proceedings to bring 22-year-old Eamonn Harrison from the Republic to the UK. "Mom, I'm so sorry". Several arrests have been made in Britain, Northern Ireland and Vietnam in connection with the deaths.