The friends and relatives and friends of Caroline Crouch travelled to the island of Alonissos in Greece on Friday to pay their last respects to her. She was laid to rest at a hilltop cemetery.
She was of Filipino descent but a British national.
The 20-year old Caroline was asleep with her Greek husband Charalambos Anagnostopoulos, 32, when burglars broke into their Athens residence on Tuesday.
She was tied up and strangled to death by the burglars in the presence of her baby while her husband was bounded and gagged in a separate room.
Their baby was not harmed but witnessed her mother’s death. There were even accounts that Caroline was tortured and the daughter was found by police to be screaming beside her murdered mother.
The family dog was also killed.
Police are looking into the angle the crime was gang-related.
The burglars, who escaped with some $18,250 worth of cash and jewelry, have still not been caught and a £260,000 reward is being offered for information by the Greek government.
Her husband Anagnostopoulos told local media: “I wish no one ever goes through what we went through last night. It was a nightmare. We begged the thieves not to harm us. We told them where the money was and asked them to leave us alone.”
“One thing that makes me even more sad than her death is the fact that our daughter will grow up without remembering her beautiful mother who was the joy of my life,” the 32-year-old said, “But through her daughter, Caroline will always be with me and with all of us. Our loved ones are the most important people to us all.
He managed to free himself from his bonds and call the police, but it was too late to save his wife.
“She was an amazing person, full of life and full of love. Our lives will never be the same without he,” he quipped.
Shops closed on the island in a mark of respect, as a black hearse arrived at the Agia Paraskevi church covered in white roses. SOVEREIGNPH