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02nd Jan 2023

Bruna Fonseca’s family speak out about their ‘sweet’ girl

She was adored for it

The family of the woman allegedly strangled and beaten to death in Cork in the early hours of New Year’s Day have paid tribute to her, remembering her “sweet way of being”.

Bruna Fonseca’s cousin Denis Palhares said her family and friends back in Brazil are distraught after hearing about her death.

Speaking from Formiga, where Ms Fonseca was born and raised he explained to the Irish Examiner: “She was the favourite cousin of all cousins.

“She was also the niece most loved by uncles and aunts and she was the daughter who was her mother’s best friend.

“Bruna had a way about her and she was adored for it.

“She was always very helpful to others and she has always been admired for her humility and her sweet way of being.”

He added that the 28-year-old former librarian had always had “a dream to live in another country.”

Bruna was attacked shortly after returning to her apartment in Cork City, in the early hours of January 1st, following a New Years Eve night out.

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