US Pilgrimage Murder Vics Family Send 1000 Mask To Spain

Story ByLee Bullen, Sub EditorJoseph Golder, AgencyNewsflash

A relative of the American Denise Pikka Thiem who was killed on Spain’s Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in 2015 has donated 1,100 face masks to the country.

US national Denise Pikka Thiem, who lived in Hong Kong at the time of her death, was reportedly murdered in Astorga in northern Spain in 2015 when she was 41 years old.

A cousin of the victim, whose family is of Chinese origin, has donated 1,100 face masks to the Spanish authorities amid the viral outbreak in appreciate of the way the police handled the case

The cousin, identified as D.Y., and a friend of the deceased wanted to thank the Spanish authorities for “throwing themselves into” the shocking murder.

When D.Y. heard about the pandemic spreading across Spain, she decided to help and contacted one of the friends Denise met on the Camino de Santiago.

Together, they donated 1,100 FFP2 masks and other surgical models to the Spanish authorities, according to reports.

The cousin had to pay customs duties and send them via several flights before they were collected at the Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suarez Airport.

The masks were then take to the Civil Protection authorities for distribution.

The victim travelled to Spain in March 2015 after being influenced by the film ‘The Way’, a Spanish drama film directed, produced and written by Emilio Estevez and starring his father Martin Sheen.

On 5th April, Miguel Angel Munoz Blas, 41, beat her to death with a stick and cut off her hands to erase his DNA traces before burying the body.

He was sentenced to 23 years in prison for the murder.

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