“Emotion and revolt” mark funeral of murdered Aljezur schoolgirl

“Emotion and revolt” mark funeral of murdered Aljezur schoolgirl

The final goodbye to 17-year-old Bruna Nunes was marked by “emotion and revolt” yesterday (Thursday) as mourners were all painfully aware that the murdered girl’s stepfather continues to elude capture.
Over a thousand people attended the funeral in the small cemetery in Rogil, near Aljezur, as police were thought to have “detected” her former stepfather in Spain.
But the 33-year-old Romanian has still to be brought in for questioning, and is very possibly well on the way back to his native Romania.
Reporting on the tragedy, CMTV described “Miguel” as a violent man, already known to police for incidents involving heavy drinking and aggression.
As the hunt goes on, an autopsy on the murdered girl’s body showed that she had been killed by a blow to the head with a “cutting object, similar to an axe”.
Bruna’s body was discovered last Sunday on waste ground near her home in Aldeia Velha. She was naked from the waist down, with her hands tied and clear signs of abuse and asphyxiation.
“The whole community is in shock over this barbarity,” the Mayor of Aljezur José Amarelinho told Correio da Manhã as he joined mourners. “Bruna was such a wonderful girl.”
Indeed, so many came together for her funeral that there was not enough space in the cemetery to take them all.
The service went ahead as people carried flowers and white balloons. Hundreds of Bruna’s teachers and classmates made the journey from Lagos’ Júlio Dantas school to pay their last respects, and CMTV reports that, meantime, Bruna’s stepfather could be “captured at any moment”.