Junior to Pregnant Fiance: 'Don’t Worry I’ll Be Back Alive in the Morning'
A couple of radio show hosts at WSRO and some Brazilian businesses in Framingham are raising funds to help the 8-month pregnant widow of Ricardo Koga Junior, who died in a car crash Thanksgiving morning.
The local Brazilian community is still searching for answers to explain the death of Ricardo Koga Junior, known by his friends as "Junior."
Framingham Patch talked to Junior’s widow, Daniela Barden, who is 8 months pregnant, Friday afternoon.
She said her fiance left home Wednesday, and was driven by friends to a night club in Boston. She said friends brought him back home about 2:45 a.m., but according to Barden Junior never came inside. Friends said Junior got into his car, a Chrysler sedan, and was heading to a party.
“I spoke with him the last time at about 10 p.m. Wednesday night and told him: Be careful when driving, ok?,” said Barden.
“And he said: Don’t worry, I’ll be back alive in the morning," Barden told Framingham Patch.
“The police officer who told me what happened said that, if it comforts me, Junior died immediately, and did not suffer," said Barden.
Barden, said the couple's soon-to-be-born-baby will be called David.
Barden said she is still waiting for an authorization from her in-laws, who live in Forquilhinha, a small town located in Santa Catarina, a southern state of Brazil, to define the funeral. Junior was the son of Ricardo Koga and the late Francisca Moreira.
A Mass will be held Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Tarcisius Church.
“He was a nice friend, a very communicative person, very well liked,” said Vinícius de Oliveira, a server at Bella Costa restaurant, who met Junior several years ago.
Junior had a passion for cars. He worked as a mechanic at a Natick auto dealer. He was always surrounded by friends.
Friends said Junior was a month shy of reaching his 31st birthday, near Christmas. Framingham Police, in releasing details about the fatal crash Friday afternoon, said Junior's date of birth was July 27, 1980. He resided at Georgetown Apartments.
Junior migrated to the United States almost 9 years ago, said Barden.
Immediately after his death, the Brazilian community began discussing his death on the local Brazilian radio station WSRO 650 AM, but with mixed feelings.
As some friends gather to start a campaign, some djs at the radio station, shied away from participating because the police investigation may conclude Junior’s crash may be drunk driving.
The crash is "under investion by Framingham Police and State Police accident reconstruction team," said a Framingham Police spokesperson Friday afternoon.
“We’re doing this campaign because of Daniela and the baby she’ll have,” said Fernando Siqueira, host of Resgate Salvation, a mid-afternoon talk-show at WSRO. On Friday, Siqueira was hosting two of Junior’s friends during his broadcast.
Some of the Brazilian-owned businesses across Framingham also will participate in the fundraising campaign.
For those who wish to help the widow and her unborn-baby, an account has been set up at Bank of America. Those interested should contact the radio station for additional information.