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Friends and family mourn Catherine Salvi

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PROVIDENCE - 21–year–old Emmanuel Algaria was scheduled for a pre–trial hearing today but it was postponed.

He's accused of beating his girlfriend, 24-year-old Catherine Salvi of Woonsocket before she died Sunday.

Friends and family are having a difficult time coping with her loss.

They came to court today wearing sweatshirts with her face on them.

"They've been with my daughter and me since the beginning of all this," said her Mother,  Mary Salvi. "They sat with me, they were there when she drew her last breath.

Salvi died Sunday after being in a coma for three weeks with severe brain damage.

Algaria, is accused of beating her.

Salvi's mother says she had no idea there was physical abuse in her daughter's relationship.

Her friends say, they knew Salvi and Algaria argued.

But they never expected anything serious to come from it.

"They had fights all the time from people liking her photos on Instagram or just little petty things, but we never thought it would amount to this. Never in my life have I thought this would happen," said friend Jessica Pare.

"Jealousy got the best of him, because she was a pretty girl and he didn't like the fact that when she went out people acknowledged her so it just turned to jealousy and anger," said friend Vanessa Archambaelt.

And now, they say they want more done to protect victims of domestic violence.

"People don't take it seriously," said longtime friend Dominique Souza. "Me and so many of my other friends including Cathy have been through so many like, a smack here a threat here, and you go to the cops and you tell them these things, and it's always not enough. It's not enough to charge him with this or that. Does it have to take for a woman to die to be taken seriously?"

"Right now he's watching TV he's breathing he's walking... my daughter can't do none of it. Ever again," said Mary.

Prosecutors haven't said if the charges against Algaria will be upgraded to murder.

His pre–trial conference is now set to be held on the 29th.

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