The inquests into the deaths of the victims of serial killer Stephen Port are due to open on Tuesday.
In 2016, 46-year-old Port, from Barking, was found guilty of the murders of Anthony Walgate, 23, Gabriel Kovari, 22, Daniel Whitworth, 21, and Jack Taylor, 25, between June 2014 and September 2015.
The four young gay men were given fatal overdoses of GHB by Port.
On Monday, their lawyer Neil Hudgell, of Hudgell Solicitors, said: “It has been seven years and three months since Anthony Walgate was murdered; seven years and one month since Gabriel Kovari was murdered; just over seven years since Daniel Whitworth was murdered; and just over six years since Jack Taylor was murdered.
“Their families have felt every single day of their absence.
“They have waited with great patience and conducted themselves with real dignity.
The inquests at Barking Town Hall will seek to answer questions relating to how the murders were investigated.
On Friday, Sarah Munro, assistant coroner for the East London area, told jurors to focus on the evidence in court as they were sworn in to hear the inquests.
She told them: “On Tuesday… we will commence hearing inquests into the deaths of four young men who were murdered by a man called Stephen Port in 2014 and 2015.
“They were killed by him with overdoses of a date rape drug called GHB and their bodies were discarded by him yards from where we are sitting now.”
The inquests, which were postponed due to the pandemic, are expected to last for up to 10 weeks.