Wednesday 19 September, 2018

J’can man saddened by death of daughter, granddaughter in Italy

Jamaican Dawna Munroe (left) along with her Italian husband Cristian Cecal (right) and daughter Crystal were killed when a  bridge they were driving across collapsed in Genoa, Italy.

Jamaican Dawna Munroe (left) along with her Italian husband Cristian Cecal (right) and daughter Crystal were killed when a bridge they were driving across collapsed in Genoa, Italy.

The father of Jamaican Dawna Munroe, who was crushed along with her nine-year-old daughter Crystal, in a tragic accident in Italy last Friday, is devastated at the loss of his daughter. 

"Two sisters had gone to Italy to identify the body and take charge of the situation, however, there are communication issues because of the language barrier. And it turns out that the father is the closest next of kin, so he has to sign some important documents to send to the authorities in Italy to allow the sisters to get things done like get an international death certificate and so on," a source told Loop News. 

"The father lives in the USA and he is not taking the death too well. The family is tight-knit and really close."

Two of Munroe's sisters, Kimona Reid and Nicolee Munroe, and an aunt are in Italy to identify the bodies. Under Italian law, it is not normally necessary for the deceased to be identified by the next of kin. Identification can be carried out by means of documentation such as a passport or driving licence or by fingerprints. However, when an inquest is opened, the relevant magistrate may request an identification in person by a family member or known associate. In the case of doubt as to the identification of the deceased, a Judge may order DNA testing and/or request information from Police channels from abroad. This process could take several months.

"The family wants to bring Dawna and her daughter home," the source said.

Over the weekend, Italian authorities confirmed they were among the 43 people killed when a bridge they were driving across collapsed in Genoa, Italy.

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Under Italian law, 24 hours must pass from the time of death before the body can be prepared for burial or repatriation. In certain circumstances immediate burial or repatriation may not always be possible, if for example an autopsy might be performed to ascertain the cause of death.

A relative or a formally appointed representative must instruct a local funeral director in Italy or an international funeral director for a body to be repatriated to the person's country of origin or buried or cremated in Italy. 

Cristian Cecala, Munroe's Italian husband and the father of her daughter, was also killed in the incident which also left 16 persons nursing injuries.

The three were among the last of the victims to be confirmed dead because of the time it took rescuers to uncover their vehicle from the rubble.

They family had been en route to Livorno to take the ferry to the island of Elba, where they planned on vacationing, when the Morandi motorway collapsed. Munroe and her family were buried under concrete for three days.

Born in Sheffield, Westmoreland, Munroe and her daughter, then seven months old, moved to Italy in 2009. She met her husband while working in Negril.

The family had hopes of finding even one of the three alive, after reports surfaced that Cecala had sent a WhatsApp message advising his family that he was alive, but buried beneath the boulders.

The collapse of the bridge has caused a firestorm in Italy, with many families blaming the Government for faulty infrastructure work.

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