"Survivor" Producer's Slain Wife Buried in Inglewood

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LOS ANGELES -- Friends and family on Friday were holding a fundraiser for murder victim Monica Beresford-Redman, one day after she was laid to rest in Inglewood.

The fundraiser was taking place at Zabumba, the Brazilian restaurant Monica owned, during Brazil's World Cup game.

Patrons were charged $5 to enter. Proceeds were being donated to Monica's two young children.

On Thursday, a small group of friends and family met at a local church in Inglewood to remember Monica, nearly three months after her brutal murder.

Her husband, former "Survivor" producer Bruce Beresford-Redman, was not invited.

He is currently fighting against Mexican prosecutors who want him to return to the country to face a charge of murder.

His lawyers have said that he would surrender to U.S. authorities if necessary, but he intends to fight extradition.

Monica Beresford-Redman's body was found April 8th at the Moon Palace Hotel resort in Cancun, where the couple and their children were vacationing. Mexican investigators said she showed signs of asphyxiation and evidence of a heavy blow to the right temple.

They said Beresford-Redman told them he last saw her after she left the resort to go shopping. Prosecutors said he reported her missing two days before her body was found.

Evidence in the murder case against Beresford- Redman includes unspecified testimony by hotel employees and tourists, and contradictions by Beresford-Redman, a Mexican prosecutor said.

A judge in Mexico issued an arrest warrant May 31 for the producer in the death of Monica Beresford-Redman.

Bruce Beresford-Redman, 38, has said he had nothing to do with her death.

He returned to Southern California in May even though Mexican authorities had confiscated his passport. He had not been charged at the time, however, and was not barred from leaving the country.

It is not clear where he crossed the border or how he did so without his passport.

He has since been staying at his upscale home in Rancho Palos Verdes.

A custody battle is under way between Beresford-Redman and his estranged sisters-in-law. Beresford-Redman is seeking a temporary suspension of visitations between his Monica's sisters and his two children.

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