Transgender Filipina Tourist Killed In Regional Australian Town
NSW Police have confirmed that a 25-year-old woman killed in Wagga Wagga on Saturday was a Filipina tourist who was about to return to the Philippines.
On Saturday morning, police and emergency services were called to assist an unresponsive woman a home unit in Wagga Wagga, regional New South Wales.
Mhelody Polan Bruno was found unresponsive. Paramedics conducted CPR and stabilised her before taking her to Wagga Wagga Base Hospital.
Despite the efforts of hospital staff, Bruno died 24 hours later.
10 daily has learnt that she was a Filipina national who was visiting Australia and due to return home less than a week after her death.
A family friend told 10 daily Bruno was expected to fly home just six days after she was killed.
"It really saddened us ... it really saddens us to hear that Mhelody can't come home alive anymore," Pohleen Nicole Caruz said.
Bruno, who is from the City of Tandag, in the Philippines had been in Australia for around two months.
"She's very kind, nice and entertaining to talk with. She doesn't have any vices, she doesn't even drink," Caruz told 10 daily.
A 31-year-old man was charged following the death of Bruno in the Riverina, charged with manslaughter and granted strict conditional bail to appear at Wagga Wagga Local Court early next month.
Bruno worked at a Manila based call centre and friends say she was the bread winner for her very poor family who don't have enough money to fly to Australia.
"We have no information yet if relatives would need to fly to Australia to get melody or what would be the government's steps to assist us," Haze Ogania said.
Social media posts are circulating among Bruno's family and friends and the local LGBT community and they're calling for help to bring Bruno's body home.
'She is a big loss to our LGBT Community here at Manila Philippines as she has been very active joining different beauty pageants where she earned not only friends but family," Ogania told 10 daily.
New South Wales detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding her death.
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