‘A beautiful soul’: Brother remembers 27-year-old killed in South Boston boating accident

BOSTON — The brother of a 27-year-old woman who died in a horrific boating accident last weekend is remembering his sister’s powerful presence and unwavering passion.

Jeanica Julce’s body was found seven hours after the boat she was on crashed into a day marker buoy.

The accident happened last Saturday around 3 a.m. near Castle Island.

More than one week later, the loss hasn’t gotten any easier to accept.

Stanley Julce, one of Jeanica’s older brothers, told Boston 25 News the unanswered questions are making the grieving process that much more agonizing.

“We would definitely like answers,” said Stanley Julce. “We want to find out what happened to my sister.”

Jeanica was on a boat belonging to her former employer when she died.

The case is still being actively investigated by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and Boston Police.

“It’s tough on me and my family,” said Julce. “We’re trying to be strong for her because she would want us to smile. She was a beautiful soul.”

Stanley and other family members recalled fond memories of Jeanica alongside her friends at a vigil Sunday night near the spot where she died.

It’s the second vigil to happen in recent days honoring her life.

“Why does it have to be somebody that was one of our friends? Why does it have to be someone who was so young?,” questioned friend Tiara Dunbar. “It’s something that will never sit right.”

One of the passengers who was rescued from the water after last weekend’s boat crash attended Sunday’s vigil.

She did not wish to speak about the traumatic incident.

“It was a horrific tragedy, but some accountability has to be had,” said friend Waleska Brown.

Jeanica was in her final year at UMass Boston studying finance and had dreams of one day opening her own dance studio.

She will be laid to rest next weekend.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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