Vigil in memory of Bruna Fonseca on Sunday

A special vigil will be held on Sunday morning to commemorate a Brazilian woman who was found beaten and strangled to death in Cork on New Year’s Day.

The vigil will be held for Bruna Fonseca and all victims of violence in Ireland as the body of the 28-year-old librarian has been handed over to her family for repatriation to South America.

Ms Fonseca’s body was handed over to her heartbroken family from Cork morgue just 48 hours after a call for donations for her funeral costs rose to nearly €55,000, some €25,000 more than the target.

Friends and family of Ms Fonseca are now organizing the special vigil in her memory in Cork on Sunday.

The vigil will take place at The Lough at 10am with all attendees being asked to wear white.

People were also encouraged to carry candles and white roses.

At the vigil, prayers will be offered for Bruna and for all, especially women, who have died in violent circumstances.

It is expected that there will be a strong presence from women’s groups, politicians, anti-violence activists and members of Cork’s close-knit Brazilian community.

The GoFundMe appeal was launched by friends and family of Ms. Fonseca to ensure the body of the 28-year-old university graduate can be flown back to her native Brazil for a requiem mass and burial.

Maria Luiza Fonseca launched the appeal with the goal of raising €30,000 but was amazed when it skyrocketed to almost €55,000.

“The purpose of the fundraiser is to send Bruna Fonseca’s body back to Brazil,” she explained in the appeal statement.

Ms Fonseca, who was from Formiga in Brazil, traveled to Ireland for work last year.

She was employed by BidVest-Noonan Contractor Cleaners.

She had a university degree in Brazil and worked as a librarian for a while before deciding to move to Ireland last September.

Her work in Cork included duties at Mercy University Hospital (MUH), which is less than 100 meters from where her body was found at 6:30am on New Year’s Day.

Gardaí and paramedics arrived at the Liberty Street flat at 6.30am on New Year’s Day, but efforts to revive the young woman failed and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Sunday afternoon at Cork University Hospital (CUH), Assistant State Pathologist Dr. Margaret Bolster performed an autopsy.

Gardaí withheld the autopsy results for operational reasons.

However, it did confirm that Ms. Fonseca met a violent death.

Her body was found in an upper floor flat on Liberty Street in Cork city center just hours after she went out with friends to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

The apartment in question is just 100 meters from Bridewell Garda train station and around the corner from the Cork Courthouse on Washington Street.

Ms Fonseca’s body was found on a bed in an upstairs bedroom of the apartment, which is above Picasso’s hair salon.

Gardaí have appointed a family liaison officer to support her family in Brazil.

The Garda inquiry includes an analysis of hours of CCTV footage of buildings around Cork city centre, door-to-door inquiries and extensive forensic testing at the Liberty Street flat where Ms Fonseca’s body was discovered.

Social media posts will also play a crucial role in the Garda investigation to follow Ms Fonseca’s last known movements.

In a tribute, both MUH and Bidvest Noonan praised Ms Fonseca as a hard worker – and said they were “sad and shocked” by her death.

“Although she only worked for the company at the hospital for a short time, she was considered a hard and diligent worker and a valued colleague. We extend our deepest condolences to her friends in Cork and to her family and friends in Brazil. May you rest in peace.”

Ms Fonseca’s former partner Miller Pacheco, 29, was charged with her murder before a special session of Cork District Court on Monday.

Pacheco – who had an address on Liberty Street in Cork – was remanded in custody to appear again at Cork District Court via video link on January 9.

He did not speak during the brief court hearing. Vigil in memory of Bruna Fonseca on Sunday

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