Family of Brazilian man killed on Ireland's roads 'desperate' to bring his body home
Second tragedy in just 18 months for family of Brazilian man killed in Irish road crash
Published 01/12/2015 | 13:31
The family of a young Brazilian man who was killed on Ireland's roads last week also lost his younger sister to a sudden disease just 18 months previous.
Ramon Peixoto Carvalho (21) was killed when the car in which he was a passenger collided with a wall at approximately 7.40am last Thursday morning.
The young man, who was a front seat passenger, was pronounced dead at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda that night.
The driver and the back seat passenger, also in their twenties, suffered non-life threatening injuries in the crash.
It is understood the young man was going to work with a friend and a cousin when the accident occurred.
The family of Ramon are now desperate to repatriate his remains to Brazil and have issued a fundraising appeal.
Ramon was working in Ireland and living with his uncle and aunt in Co Westmeath, his cousin Isabella Silves Muniz told Independent.ie.
"He was in Ireland for the past year and three months," Isabella said.
"Ramon had a lot of friends here, in the time he was here he made friends with loads of people. He was a really popular guy.
"It is a very difficult time for my family here now and especially his family in Brazil," she continued.
"His mother lost his sister last year at just 13 years old.
"And now she's lost Ramon."
The family are attempting to raise money to bring Ramon's body home to Brazil, and hope they may be able to bring Ramon's parents to Ireland to say goodbye to their son as well.
"It's too expensive to bring the body to Brazil, his parents aren't in a position to pay for it and my dad wouldn't have the money," Isabella said.
"A friend of mine raised the idea of doing the online fundraising and we're getting a good response.
"The website stopped for a few minutes because it was receiving donations so fast."
The Muniz family have so far raised over €3,000 towards the costs of repatriation.
The website reads: "Thank you everyone for your most generous support, our target is well on track and we have your generous spirits and kind hearts to thank for this.
"After a glitch on the site yesterday which temporarily crashed it we have it up and going again. From our hearts. Thank you."
Gardai are now investigating the fatal incident. The family are also in contact with the Brazilian embassy in Ireland.
You can visit the GoFundMe page 'Bring Ramon Peixoto home to Brazil' here