Mum of air hostess ‘raped and murdered by 11 men’ breaks silence on death
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The mum of an air hostess who was allegedly raped and murdered by 11 men has spoken out about her heartbreak.
Christine Angelica Dacera, 23, was found unconscious in a hotel room’s bathtub in the Filipino city of Makati on New Year’s Day after a night partying with friends and colleagues.
The flight attendant was declared dead after being rushed to hospital.
Eleven men have since been charged with murder and provisional rape.
Officials said her body was covered in abrasions, and that there were indications that she had been sexually assaulted.
Provisional rape charges have been filed until the autopsy and toxicology results come in.
Just three of the suspects have been arrested by police, with officers hunting the other eight.
Makati City Police chief Colonel Harold Depositar said "only three of them were Dacera’s friends. The others were practically strangers to her, as they were only known to her three friends".
The victim’s mum Sharon Dacera said she had asked for her permission to go the party – and that she trusted her colleagues.
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Mrs Dacera told 24 Oras: “I didn’t have any presumptions that something will happen to my daughter because she was with other flight attendants.
“Why did they have to do that to my child? I want to seek justice. Justice for my daughter and I hope the same thing doesn’t happen to their child.
“They raped my child. I hope this doesn’t happen to their sibling, to their children. I don’t want any more victims.”
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She also appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to help bring the attackers to justice.
Christine was rushed to hospital by three friends and hotel staff.
Under the name xtinedacera, she shared a picture on Instagram on December 28, leaning on the doors of an aeroplane wearing PPE.
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She captioned it: "Last flight for this one helluva year" for her 12,800 followers.
Christine also posted a picture of herself on a balcony with a skyline in the background captioned: "First Christmas away from home."
Heartbreaking tributes have been left on the social media app, with one follower writing: "Thank you for sharing your beautiful soul Tine, fly high. We're praying for you."
Another said: "I'll always cherish and remember your kindness at work. May you and your family get the justice you deserve."
If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 0845 30 30 900 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.
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