Friends and relatives of murder victims Livia Bunea and her daughter Elena Natalia, 8, and also members of the search and rescue crews who found their bodies in the Mitsero red lake where they were dumped in suitcases by a serial killer, attended their funeral on Thursday afternoon in Arediou in the Nicosia district.
The 36-year-old from Romania and her daughter were buried almost three years after they were reported missing on September 30, 2016.
Present at the funeral were a small number of family members but also friends, police and fire service officers and the diver who discovered the suitcases, one on April 28, and the other a week later. The mother and daughter were two of seven victims murdered by the suspected serial killer Nicos Metaxas, 35.
Also present was the justice minister, the Romanian ambassador and the head of the fire service, Marcos Trangolas, who was also in charge of the search for the bodies. All seven bodies of the self-confessed killer have now been recovered, the last one on Monday at the Memi lake in Xyliatos, that of Sierra Graze aged 6, the daughter of one of the other victims, Mary Rose Tiburcio from the Philippines.
The state said it would be shouldering the costs of the funerals while the Arediou community council agreed to provide burial space for Livia and Elena Natalia free of charge.
The murders of mother and daughter were detailed in the handwritten confession of the suspect who claims they were his first victims.