'We have taken our Gaby home' - family

2015-08-11 16:31
Gabriela Kabrins Alban. (Picture: Facebook)

Gabriela Kabrins Alban. (Picture: Facebook)

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Cape Town - The family of an American woman found murdered in a Camps Bay hotel, has asked for privacy to mourn her death.

The body of Gabriela Kabrins Alban has since been repatriated to Los Angeles for her burial, her family has confirmed.

"We have taken our Gaby home to Los Angeles to bury and mourn her in accordance with the beliefs and traditions of her Jewish faith. We are committed to return to Cape Town as soon, and as often, as may be required to assist in seeking justice for Gaby," the family said in a statement released on Monday.

Alban’s mother Doris Weitz, father Howdy Kabrins, stepmother Linda Kabrins and stepfather Alexander Williams described Gaby as a "loving, clean-living, smart, stylish and successful woman".

"She was a joy to her family and friends, all of whom will miss her grievously."

The body of the 39-year-old marketing executive was found in a hotel room at the Camps Bay Retreat on July 29.

She is understood to have been strangled.

Alban's family thanked the director of public prosecutions, police, pathologists, staff of the United States Consulate General in Cape Town, as well as hotel and airport staff "who have displayed great courtesy and kindness toward us".

Bail application

Murder accused Diego Dougherty Novella, 41, who was Alban's boyfriend, is expected to apply for bail on August 21.

News24 previously reported that Novella's family members say he distanced himself from them about a year ago.

His brother, Thomas Dougherty, who is president of Guatemala’s largest cement company Cementos Progreso, said in a statement at the weekend that they did not have sufficient details of the case to form an opinion, beyond the "confused" information in some media.

"Never before has something like this happened in our family, and our goal is to get closer to understanding the situation and to make sure that Diego is subjected to [a] fair legal process," he said.

"The news is terrible; we are shocked and deeply regret [it] because it is a tragedy for both families."

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