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Sunday 23 July 2017

Family of murdered Danielle McLaughlin donate €5k to Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust

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Christy Duffy, Joleen Brannigan, Traigheanach Brannigan, Louise Mc Menamin, Seanne Brannigan, Andrea Brannigan, Skye Marie Brannigan, Eithne Bell, Colin Bell
Picture from left to right Christy Duffy, Joleen Brannigan, Traigheanach Brannigan, Louise Mc Menamin, Seanne Brannigan, Andrea Brannigan, Skye Marie Brannigan, Eithne Bell, Colin Bell
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

Family and friends of murdered Donegal woman Danielle McLaughlin have donated €5,000 to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust to thank the charity for its assistance.

The charity aims to help bereaved families to repatriate the bodies of their loves ones and helped raised thousands of euro to bring Danielle home to Donegal after she was brutally murdered in India.

Andrea McLaughlin, Danielle's mother, said: "I Would like to extend my deepest sympathies to Colin and Eithne who also suffered the loss of a loved one overseas..... and to also extend appreciation for their efforts and to everyone involved in the arduous process of repatriating Danielle from India."

Ms McLaughlin, who was from Buncrana but had lived in Liverpool before travelling overseas, had been celebrating Holi, a Hindu spring festival, in Palolem, a coastal village in Goa.

She left the village late at night and her naked body was found in a nearby field the next day with injuries to her head and face.

The investigation into her murder is still ongoing.

Danielle McLaughlin was murdered while travelling in Goa
Danielle McLaughlin was murdered while travelling in Goa

Christy Duffy, chairman of the fundraising trust 'Truth For Danielle', said their main aim now is to "bring Danielle's killer or killers to justice."

"We ourselves have begun local fundraising efforts to assist in the expenses of building a successful legal team both here and in India and are so thankful to all who have donated to date and also to those who have donated their time to help organise the upcoming events.

"Both myself, Louise (Mc Menamin secretary of the trust) and the other members of the trust hope to raise as much as we can in an effort to get to the truth of the events leading up to the tragic death of our dear friend on March 13th."

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