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Relatives need help to bring tragic pair home

Ionela and her family. Photo: Cercel family

Grieving relatives are trying to raise 10,000 Euros to fly the bodies of a young woman and child killed at the weekend back home to Romania to be buried.

The pair died in a car crash just four days after arriving in West Norfolk to start a new life.

Ionela Cercel, 20, and 14-month-old Ianis were killed when their car hit a tree on Sunday.

The accident happened on the A134 at Crimplesham near Downham Market. Ionela's boyfriend, Marian Parvu, was at the wheel. He remains critically ill at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

Now grieving relatives in Romania have launched an appeal to fly Ionela and Ianis' bodies back for burial.

The Romanian Embassy in London has told the family they will need €10,000 for repatriation.

But in an appeal in Romania they explain that they are penniless. They say they want closure, to bring them home, to bury them as Christians.

The dead woman's grandfather, Dudu Florea said: "We have no resources to bring them home to bury them here in Romania. We ask for your help."

The young mother and her child had been in Norfolk only four days when they were killed. They had come to join the boy's father who'd set up home at Downham Market.

The town's mayor, Cllr Robin Pegg said : "This is a tragic event especially for Downham Market and they'd been here only four days and died. It's awful for the families and the town council send their condolences on behalf of the town council and the residents of Downham Market."

They'd all come from the remote area of Stanesti in southern Romania, which has a population of just three thousand.