12 Apr, 2024 @ 09:00
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PICTURED: US expat, 43, who was found dead in a tourist flat in Spain and her two children – who now have an ‘unimaginable void in their hearts’ after losing their ‘inspiring’ art teacher mother

Bianca Pitman with her two children

THE family of an American expat who was killed in Spain have said her passing has left an ‘unimaginable void in the hearts of all who knew her.’

Bianca Pitman, 43, was found dead inside a tourist apartment in Malaga, Andalucia, last Saturday.

Her former partner Jose Betancourt, 50, who was with Bianca when she died, has been arrested for homicide and domestic violence.

In a GoFundMe, friends and family hope to raise $25,000 to help bring Bianca home and help with all the funeral costs.

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Bianca in happier times with her children Promise and Gavin (GoFundMe)

The crowdfunder reads: “Bianca’s unexpected passing has left an unimaginable void not only in the lives of her family but also in the hearts of all who knew her.

“Bianca was not just a teacher, she was a beacon of light in her community, inspiring countless students with her enthusiasm and love of art.

“Her spirit of wanderlust was infectious and she always sought to share her adventures and stories with those around her, especially on Snapchat. She loved to spend quality time with her loved ones, and she loved to try new things.”

It adds: “However, the unimaginable has happened. Bianca leaves behind daughter Promise, 22, and son Gavin, 20, as well as their older brother Graham, 25, who all now face the daunting task of navigating life without their cherished mother.

“Adding to the complexity of this heartbreaking situation, their father is currently in Spain facing charges related to her passing. The circumstances surrounding this devastation are still under investigation.

“With both parents suddenly absent from their lives, the family is left in dire need of support during this turbulent time.”

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Jose Betancourt is being held in jail while the investigation continues (COPYRIGHT OLIVE PRESS SPAIN)

The page, which has almost raised $10,000 so far, said the funds will pay for the expenses of cremation and transporting Bianca’s remains and belongings, as well as other unforeseen costs and legal fees.

It explains: “Our goal is to alleviate some of the financial burden weighing heavily on Bianca’s loved ones, especially her young adult children, two of whom are college students, as they navigate this loss. Your generosity will allow Bianca’s family to focus on their grief as well as serve as a testament to the charity and love Bianca inspired in others.”

You can visit the GoFundMe page by clicking this link here.

Laurence Dollimore

Laurence has a BA and MA in International Relations and a Gold Standard diploma in Multi-Media journalism from News Associates in London. He has almost a decade of experience and previously worked as a senior reporter for the Mail Online in London.

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