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04th Jan 2023

Bruna Fonseca’s sister speaks out on her death as family comes to terms

Ellen Fitzpatrick


Following on from the murder of Bruna Fonseca in Cork on Sunday, her sister has paid tribute as the family try to come to terms with her death.

Speaking only a day after Bruna’s former partner appeared in court after being charged with her murder, Isabel Fonseca has said that her family is finding it hard to come to terms with.

“We are living one day at a time,” she told reporters in her native Brazil.

28 year old Bruna had been living in Cork since September and had always dreamt of moving and travelling abroad.

Her ex partner Miller Pacheco, 29, also from Brazil, appeared before a special sitting of Cork District Court on Monday evening after he was charged in connection with her death.

He has been remanded in custody and is set to appear before Cork District Court again on January 9th.

Speaking after news of the court appearance emerged, Isabel paid tribute to Bruna, who had been working as a contract cleaner at Cork’s Mercy University Hospital.

Isabel said: “My sister has always been a very private person with her personal life.

“Bruna has always been defined as a warrior, a discreet girl, but with very well defined goals.

“She was a sister who was always helping those who sought help from her.

“She was without a doubt the nerd of the family.”

She added: “We still don’t know how to deal her death.

“No one in the world can imagine going through such a situation.

“We are living one day at a time.”

Noting that her sister had planned to build a new life for herself abroad since arriving in September, Isabel continued: “As she was still in Ireland for a short time, she did not tell us if she would be staying there for a long time.

“But she was considering staying outside Brazil for a long time.”

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