Friday 21 July 2017

Friends of Danielle McLaughlin ask mourners to wear 'vibrant colours to celebrate a vibrant life'

Danielle McLaughlin pictured with local children during an earlier trip to Asia, when she spent time in Thailand
Danielle McLaughlin pictured with local children during an earlier trip to Asia, when she spent time in Thailand
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

The friends of murdered Irish woman Danielle McLaughlin have asked that mourners wear bright colours to her funeral on Thursday to "celebrate" her life.

A statement issued by close friends Christy Duffy and Louise McMenamin read: "Friends of Danielle have asked those attending her funeral not to abide by the usual dress code of black and that in order to celebrate the life of such a bright and vibrant young girl, that an effort should be made instead to match this brightness by wearing vibrant colours."

Her funeral will take place in Buncrana on Thursday at 11am at the Cockhill Chapel.

Her friends said that while they are heartbroken, they want to honour her "kind and vibrant" personality.

"We are obviously heartbroken at the loss of our very close friend, but we would like to honour her in the way she would have liked, not focusing on the horrors of the world and giving in to hate, but honouring kindness and expressing our love for Danielle."

Danielle's mum Andrea previously revealed how her daughter had already been granted a visa for Canada and said she had wished she had gone there instead of India.

Danielle McLaughlin. Photo: Facebook
Danielle McLaughlin. Photo: Facebook

"She was hemming and hawing between the two for a while," Andrea said.

"I was not happy about her going to India this time. I would have preferred her to go to Canada, but she said 'I don't want to be anywhere else in the world other than India and that's where I want to be'."

Although Andrea said she wants justice, she did not want "an eye for an eye".

The body of Ms McLaughlin (28) was discovered dumped in wasteland near the holiday hotspot of Canacona, Goa.

A post-mortem showed she had suffered cerebral damage and constriction to the neck.

One man - Vikat Bhagat (23) - was swiftly arrested over her death and police said he confessed to the attack.

Danielle was the eldest of five daughters.

She had been celebrating Holi - a Hindu spring festival - on the night she was killed.

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