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Two brothers dead in a motor accident



Br. Cristiano da Costa and Br. David Preciado

01/08/2006: Mozambique

We got a shock on Saturday the 29th of July when news arrived of the death of Br Cristiano da Costa (Mozambique ) and Br David Preciado (México) in a motor accident between Quelimane and Beira that day. Cristiano was very well known in Church and educational circles, almost through the length and breadth of his native country. He had been a member of the first Provincial Council in the Province of Southern Africa. David has been working in Mozambique for many years. A fanatic for football – his team was often ranked among the best in the country at that level of competition.

There were three other passengers in the car at the time of the accident: Brother Geraldo Medida, Brother Tarcisio Postingher, a Brazilian working in Angola and Juliana a Mozambican medical student who had been helping out at the clinic in Nivava and was returning to Maputo for her graduation as a medical doctor. While two of them have died on the spot, the other three were not as seriously injured as thought at first. The latest reports indicate that they are recovering from bruises, sore muscles, and headaches. They did not suffer any broken bones and we hope that no internal complications will develop later on.

The funeral ceremony for Brothers Cristiano and David will take place on 2 nd August in the afternoon at Quelimane , Mozambique. Mass will be celebrated in the Cathedral and the burial will take place in the parish cemetery alongside other Marist Brothers who have died in that part of the Mozambique.
By Brothers Mario Colussi and Fernand Dostie

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