The husband of the woman killed during Storm Eunice has paid tribute to his “perfect wife”. Juliana Da Silva Queiroz Murilo, 37, died on Friday (February 18) at 4pm in the passenger seat of her cab driver husband’s silver Honda, as gale-force winds brought a tree down on top of her in Muswell Hill, North London.
Today (February 21) Carlos Murilo, 39, was left with cut hands and bruised ribs as a result of the accident. He told The Evening Standard he had just picked his wife up from her day job as a cleaner when his wife was tragically killed.
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While in the ambulance, he was informed of his wife’s death. He said: “She was a sweet and adorable wife she was perfect so friendly, always laughing and making jokes. We loved each other so much it was as if we were one.”
Mr Murilo, originally from Brazil, described how they had heard a crash before the tree collapsed on the roof of the car, leaving him unconscious “but in a daze”. Emergency services were called, and a woman held Mr Murilo’s hand and spoke to him before he was ultimately cut out of the wreckage.
Juliana, he said, had been training to be a teacher and was looking forward to the future. The couple, who had been married 15 years, were only five minutes away from home when the tree collapsed.
He described their marriage as a loving one, adding he would always drive her home because he wanted her to be safe. He told the paper he still could not believe what had happened and that his life had “fallen apart”.
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The Christian couple were regulars at their local church. Mr Murilo is surrounded by friends and family who are supporting him, he said.
After the tree collapsed, residents living nearby rushed to try and pull the trunk off the car. He told The Standard he wished to thank them “from the bottom of my heart”.
Tributes have poured in from family members. Juliana’s sister-in-law Solange Murilo wrote on Facebook: “The tears flow down my face and my heart tightens every time I remember everything we’ve been through together. The despair of not being able to protect you and stop your death. You still had so much life ahead of you, so many dreams to come true.
“It hurts to know that I will no longer be able to see your smile, that I will no more have that friend, that counsellor, for all occasions, you welcomed me with open arms, you were the most special person, who passed through our lives.” I lost a sister… it was a stabbing in the heart. We don’t know who to ask for help. Thank you for the rest of my life for everything you’ve done for me. You were the most special human being I’ve ever met. I love you.”
Miriam Queiroz also wrote on Facebook: “It’s hard to believe, how it hurts, my God! It’s a piece of me that’s been ripped apart, a hole that’s been made in my chest. My little sister, my little life, my little cutie that I love so much.”
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