Memorial Fund For Natalina Angok Raises Thousands In Less Than 24 Hours
The family of murdered Melbourne woman Natalina Angok is raising money in hopes of returning her body to her birthplace of South Sudan.
Angok's family created a GoFundMe page on Friday, two days after her body was found in Melbourne's Chinatown.
"Help us to pay for a memorial for Natalina, and so we can fly her remains back to South Sudan for final tribute by her father and relatives who have not seen her in years," a message from her family read.
The family has raised almost $6000, with a goal of $40,000.
On the same day the fundraiser was launched, a vigil was held for Angok at the front of Melbourne's Parliament House building.
Angok's boyfriend, Christopher Bell, 32, has been charged with one count of murder. Police are yet to reveal how Angok died.
The 33-year-old's body was found at the intersection of Little Bourke Street and Celestial Avenue in Chinatown at 6.30am on Wednesday.
She had reportedly been in a relationship with Bell for about 18 months before her death.
Bell's lawyer Steven Pica told Melbourne Magistrate's Court on Thursday his client was a schizophrenic who had been unmedicated for a long time.
He appeared in court again the following day for a filing hearing.
Family members described Angok as "a generous and kind girl" whose "selfless, friendly, loving and humble character has always drawn people to her".
According to the public tracker Counting Dead Women, Angok is the 17th woman to die a violent death targeted against women in Australia this year.
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