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Bid to raise €30k to get remains of hit-and-run Thiago home to Brazil


Mourners at the scene of hit-and run that killed Thiago

Mourners at the scene of hit-and run that killed Thiago

Mourners at the scene of hit-and run that killed Thiago

Friends of Thiago Cortes, the cyclist killed by a hit-and-run driver in Dublin, have set up a GoFundMe page to return his remains to his native Brazil so his family can lay him to rest.

Mr Cortes (28) was finishing a shift as a food delivery bicycle courier and about to go home to his fiancee when he was knocked off his bike on North Wall Quay at around 10.30pm on Monday.


The occupants of the car drove off and ditched it at nearby Castleforbes Square, leaving Mr Cortes critically injured on the road with his mangled bicycle.

He was rushed to the Mater Hospital and placed on a life-support machine, but his injuries were too serious to survive and the machine was switched off on Tuesday morning.

A vigil in his memory and to seek justice for him was held at the Spire on O'Connell Street on Wednesday afternoon, and his fiancee Teresa then went to the crash scene with friends and supporters.

The Herald revealed yesterday that gardaí have identified the 16-year-old driver and three other teenagers who were in the car and have appealed for them to come forward.

Mr Cortes' friend Ana Moreira has set up a GoFundMe page in the hope of raising €30,000 to return his remains to his heartbroken family in Brazil.

Last night, more than €20,000 had been donated.

"At around 10.30pm on Monday, Thiago Cortes (28) was about to finish his shift with Deliveroo and cycle home to his fiancee Teresa, in Portobello, when he was killed by a hit-and-run driver," Ms Moreira wrote.

"He was seriously injured for the whole body and mainly in the head, neck and pelvis and had internal bleeding.

"Thiago was a good friend, a good son and a good partner with his fiancee and he had a lot of dreams and someone took his life in a stupid way.

"We are looking for justice. The person who did this needs to pay for this crime.

"We know that this campaign will not bring our Thiago back, but we know that everybody cares about him, about his fiancee and his family and all of you want to help in some way.

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"We stipulate this amount due to his transport to Brazil for his funeral.

"We want to show how important he was, how important is his cause and how united we are. We really want to thank you for all supports. In memory of Thiago Cortes."

Within an hour of being launched, the page had attracted €1,300 in donations.

To donate, see www.gofundme.com/f/justice-for-thiago-cortes