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Very moving Fiancée of tragic Deliveroo cyclist Thiago Cortes attends poignant memorial to mark anniversary of his death

The event was attended by members of the Brazilian community, colleagues from Deliveroo and Dublin cycling advocates

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Thiago Cortes' fiancee Teresa Danta (wearing round sunglasses ) is pictured at the tribute. Picture Stephen Collins / Collins Dublin

Thiago Cortes' fiancee Teresa Danta (wearing round sunglasses ) is pictured at the tribute. Picture Stephen Collins / Collins Dublin

Thiago Cortes' fiancee Teresa Danta (wearing round sunglasses ) is pictured at the tribute. Picture Stephen Collins / Collins Dublin

The fiancée of tragic Deliveroo cyclist Thiago Cortes attended a poignant memorial in Dublin’s city centre on Thursday afternoon to mark the one-year anniversary of his death. 

The 28-year-old who was originally from Brazil was working as a courier for the food delivery service when he died from injuries sustained after he was knocked down while cycling on North Wall Quay.

Yesterday, the rider’s fiancée Teresa Danta joined friends of Mr Cortes, as well as Deliveroo couriers, cyclists and motorcyclists who gathered at the Spire.

They were then led by several gardaí on bicycles and a motorcycle to the location where he was struck to place a white “ghost bicycle” in his honour alongside Irish and Brazilian flags.

Prayers were said for Mr Cortes in Portuguese and English.

One of his friends said they planned to come together and walk or cycle from the Spire to the North Wall quay every year for him, until a permanent memorial could be placed there.

A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, struck Thiago Cortes while speeding at 79km in a 50km zone at North Wall Quay in Dublin city centre on August 31, 2020.

Dublin’s Circuit Criminal Court heard how the teen drove away from the scene after hitting Thiago and then abandoned the car before fleeing along with other young people who had been passengers.

In May the now 17-year-old was given a two year detention sentence after pleading guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of the Brazilian native.

Speaking to The Star from his native Brazil, Thiago’s devastated father Celso Cortes, said: “I go about my day to day just trying to live. No father or mother is prepared for a loss on this level. We are not created for that, it is not the natural order.

“The person responsible deprived him of his life, his dreams and his achievements, deprived his family of participating in all of this.

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“I won’t have my grandchildren or my “Good morning dad, I love you,” he said.

People also took to Twitter to express their support.

“Thank you to all those who organised the memorial this evening to Thiago Cortes, allowing some of us to pay tribute and express solidarity with his loved ones,” one person wrote.

Another added: “Very moving ceremony on North Wall Quay this afternoon to commemorate Thiago Cortes who died this day last year following a hit and run incident nearby. The event was attended by members of the Brazilian community, colleagues from Deliveroo and Dublin cycling advocates.”

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