Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Milena’s kids focus on burial, not life in U.S.

Yetty Raquel Ibarra, 23, makes funeral arrangements for her mother Milena Mora Vargas Delvalle, of Costa Rica, who was killed when concrete ceiling panels fell onto her car in one of Boston's Big Dig tunnels late Monday night, at her home in Coronado, Costa Rica, Thursday, July 13 , 2006. Ibarra said that her family was awaiting the return of her mother's body so that she could be buried in her native Costa Rica over the weekend. (AP Photo/Kent Gilbert)By Jairo Villegas and Laura Crimaldi
Boston Herald

The remains of Milena Del Valle, the tunnel collapse victim who was robbed of her life by the tragic blunders of the $14.6 billion Big Dig, arrived in her native Costa Rica last night as loved ones prepared to bury her in her homeland.

“What’s really important for us is that mother is here in the country and we want to be with her,” Del Valle’s eldest daughter, Raquel Ibarra Mora, 23, said yesterday from her modest home in Coronado.

A funeral service will be held for Del Valle, 38, this morning at the Christian church Oasis de Esperanza in Moravia, which is near her hometown of Coronado, said Mora, who lives with her brothers, Kaleb, 20, and Jeremy, 17.

She will be buried in a cemetery at La Isla de Moravia, Mora said.

Last night, Del Valle’s remains arrived in Costa Rica on a Delta flight. They were carried to a Christian church in Dulce Nombre de Coronado for a vigil, Mora said.

At a memorial service Saturday at the Iglesia de la Comunidad in Jamaica Plain, the church where Del Valle was married, her husband, Angel, vowed to do whatever necessary to bring her three children to America if they wish.

Yesterday, however, a possible move to the United States was not on the minds of Del Valle’s children. “Any decision we may make will be later,” Mora said. “God will say what he has for us since it is not in our hands.”

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