Pelin Kaya’s family has opened up about the “devastating” effect her murder has had on her family.
Addressing the media after tonight’s vigil, Kaya’s uncle Aykan Ceylan – with translation assistance by a friend of the victim – said the family believes suspect Jeremie Camilleri will get “the punishment he deserves” with the support of the people of Malta.
“He has devastated us,” he said. “Her mother still cannot speak, which is why she couldn’t come to Malta. Pelin was our precious one and she has been taken from us. This pain is indescribable.”
“Pelin was a successful internal designer and architect and wanted to work in Malta… I believe she is still in love with Malta.”
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Kaya was run over by Camilleri in Gżira on Wednesday morning, just one hour into her 30th birthday. Camilleri, who was high on cocaine at the time, has been charged with Kaya’s murder, with CCTV footage giving police reason to believe he had intended to kill her.
He is pleading not guilty to all charges.
Hundreds of people joined Kaya’s family in Gżira this evening outside the place she was killed to pay tribute to her life that was cut short so brutally.
Several prominent members of Maltese society turned up, including Gżira mayor Conrad Borg Manche, Opposition Leader Bernard Grech, PN secretary-general Michael Piccinino and PL president Ramona Attard, who is also a parte civile lawyer for Pelin’s family during the murder case.
Fr Gordon Refalo was also present and joined Kaya’s family in saying a prayer for the victim.
Lovin Malta sends its heartfelt condolences to Pelin Kaya’s family and loved ones during this difficult time