Grieving friends gather in memory of murdered Rudo
THE family of murdered Malawian Rudo Mawere is overwhelmed by grief, mourners at a memorial service were told yesterday.
Friends and relatives of the 26-year-old yesterday gathered for the service at St Luke's Hospital in Rathgar, Dublin, where she worked as a part-time cleaner.
Ms Mawere's fully clothed body was found folded up and stuffed into a 2ft-by-4ft travel bag on Blackhorse Avenue, near the Phoenix Park, in Dublin last Sunday.
Zimbabwean Jason Dube, suspected of strangling Ms Mawere and placing her body in the bag, was found dead in England on Wednesday. It appears he died by suicide.
Emmanuel Might, pastor of the Solid Rock Church of God based on Amiens Street in Dublin's north inner city, said two sets of families and friends were now "seriously hurting".
"We noticed Ms Mawere in attendance at our Sunday worship services fairly recently; she was of a quiet nature. Definitely she was a young woman with a lot to look forward to.
"As for Mr Jason Dube, to think that he might have been responsible for Ms Mawere's death and would have chosen to take his own life is just unimaginable.
"Jason Dube attended our church for a bit longer than Ms Mawere did; he didn't seem to be a man of many words either."
He said the church sent its heartfelt condolences to the families and would hold a special service of songs on Wednesday, February 8, at 7pm to mark Ms Mawere's death.
Yesterday's service heard from Fr Padraig O Maille, a missionary priest who spent 22 years in Malawi.
He said Ms Mawere had come to Ireland two years ago in search of "a better life".
He said her colleagues were finding it hard to accept that the woman, who had dreams of setting up her own nursery in Malawi, had been "taken away".
Fr O Maille told the packed hall at St Luke's that Rudo's mother was "prostrate with grief in Malawi" since her death, as were her brothers, sisters and relatives.
The Malawian community here and in Britain have contributed money to repatriate Rudo's body to Africa.
Patrick Banda, a member of the executive committee of the Malawi Association in Dublin, said: "If people do want to donate toward not only the funeral but the other expenses occurred they can do so."
Account details: reference 'Rudo' at Permanent TSB 99-06-58 A/C No 17197136.