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‘Thank You, Malta’: Funds Raised To Repatriate Edwin Lopez’s Body To The Philippines… But Family Still Await Justice

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The family of a Filipino man who was killed in a Paola traffic accident have thanked the Maltese people for raising the money for his repatriation through donations.

“Thank you for helping us and supporting us,” Bryan Lopez, the eldest son of Edwin Lopez, told Lovin Malta. “We don’t know how to feed our family during the pandemic because we don’t have any work and our dad was only our hope. Thank you for choosing us for your donations.”

The family have been left devastated after their father was suddenly killed in Malta.

As the family’s sole bread-winner, the family have been struggling to make ends meet; when they were suddenly faced with a bill to repatriate Edwin’s body, they had no idea what to do.

“It’s so expensive, we’re struggling with the preparation but we’ve got nothing to eat and we don’t have any saved money for our hunger,” Bryan said. “My family has been thrifty as possible with all of our remaining money, we’re eating two meals a day even though we don’t have the appetite to eat.”

The Lopez family has been coordinating with the Philippine Embassy, who have helped them organise the repatriation as well as help with the funds.

The family are now looking to find a plot for their father’s burial back in his home country, something that can cost up to €3,000 in the Philipines. However, the family is also considering keeping the body in Malta until the case is over.

“We want to end the case to provide peace of mind for the family,” Bryan said.

The Lopez family sending Edwin best wishes in happier days

The Lopez family still do not have a clear picture of what happened during the last moments of their father’s life.

“We have heard there might be CCTV footage that hasn’t been released yet… but we are just so keen to hear the result of the inquiry that we haven’t really accepted that this incident happened,” he said.

“We want to know who the real victim of the collision was,” he said. “The way it is being reported shows an undecided situation… maybe it’s my dad’s fault, maybe it’s the 37-year-old Maltese man’s fault….”
‘We’re not sleeping well at night. Every hour we are waiting for an answer… every day we are waiting for a result.”

But as the family await those answers, they are just thankful for the donations that have been sent to their family.

“Now we can use these donations for burial and other expenses that we need to survive every day,” he said. “It’s so hard to survive now because we are on lockdown again with the increasing positive cases of COVID-19 here in the Philippines.”

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The Lopez family is collecting donations to transport Edwin’s body back home for burial.

If you would like to donate, you can send a donation via Paypal to:

Name: Bryan Austin S. Lopez

Email: [email protected]

Or via bank transfer to:

IBAN: EWBCPHMM200023183284

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