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Friends rally to support murdered Alexandra Kovacs' family
Friends of a Hungarian woman have raised more than £1,000 to support her family after she was murdered and her body dumped in a suitcase in Mill Hill.
Alexandra Kovacs, 25, sent money every month to help her mother Rita Horváth and eight-year-old brother after moving from the Hungarian town of Zalaegerszeg to London.
But following her death in July, her friends rallied to support Alexandra’s relatives.
Ms Horváth told the Times Series: "Szandi always sent me about £100 every month. It was a very big help for us.
"I am working as a cleaner in a hospital and I have financial problems. Sometimes I don’t know what will I give to my son to eat on the next day but luckily there are a lot of kind-hearted people who help us."
After Alexandra’s death, her friends and the Hungarian community in London worked together to help Ms Horváth, who had no money to have her daughter’s body buried in Hungary.
She said: "The Hungarians in London collected for me about £900, at home about £600 and a British organisation helped me with about £700 so I could take my daughter’s body home.
"I would like to say thank you to everybody who helped me and helped my daughter’s body to be buried. I am very grateful. Thank you very much."
Gabriella Ordog was one of a number of Hungarian nationals living in London who didn’t know Alexandra but wanted to help her family.
She said: "It happened not in a movie but amongst us, here, in the real world.
"My friends and I felt that we have to help in this hard situation. I can imagine how terrible and painful when a mother lose her daughter.
"We wanted her to know that there are people who care in the British capital, even though we didn’t know Alexandra in person, we still wanted to make sure that after this horrible murder at least her body will be treated appropriately. We wanted her mum to remember not only this brutal murder but the helpful people too."
Alexandra was buried in Hungary, next to her grandfather.
Another Hungarian, Laszlo Gyarmati, 29, has been charged with Alexandra’s murder. He is due to appear at the Old Bailey on October 14.
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