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Jason Corbett to be laid to rest this Wednesday alongside his first wife

David Raleigh

Published 23/08/2015 | 15:08

Murder victim Jason Corbett
Murder victim Jason Corbett

Limerick man, Jason Corbett, is to be laid to rest on Wednesday alongside his "soulmate" and mother of his two children, who were at the centre of a bitter custody battle in the US.

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Mr Corbett, 39, was found with critical head injuries at his North Carolina home following a domestic disturbance on August 2nd last.

His body will lay in repose at Cross's Funeral Home from 5.30pm Tuesday evening, with removal at 7pm to Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Janesboro.

A piper is to play at Mr Corbett's graveside on Wednesday, before two white birds are released into the sky while he is to be laid to rest.

"It's to signify that Jason and Mags are finally together, as they always wanted to be," John Corbett, a brother of the deceased, said.

The funeral mass takes place Wednesday at midday with burial afterwards in Castlemungret Cemetery, Co Limerick.

Molly Martens with her father Thomas Martens
Molly Martens with her father Thomas Martens

Mr Corbett's body has remained in a special chamber at Cross's Funeral Home since last Thursday week, when his remains were repatriated back to Limerick.

His body was flown home by the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust.

Mr Corbett's sister-in-law, Catherine Fitzpatrick, said: "I don't think he ever grieved, or got over losing Mags, because she was the love of his life."

"We just want to lay him to rest with her. It's what he wanted, and we want his kids home."

Tracey and David Lynch, pose for the Sunday Independent with Jack and Sarah Corbett after arriving in Shannon Airport from the US yesterday
Tracey and David Lynch, pose for the Sunday Independent with Jack and Sarah Corbett after arriving in Shannon Airport from the US yesterday

Mr Corbett's sister Tracey and her husband David Lynch, returned to Ireland on Saturday with Mr Corbett's son and daughter, after a three-week battle to win custody of the children Jack (10) and Sarah (8).

The children's mother Mags Fitzpatrick died from an asthma attack in 2006.

Molly Martens, who became the children's nanny in 2007, and who later became their stepmother in 2011 after marrying Mr Corbett in North Carolina, has appealed the custody ruling.

Ms Martens and her father, Thomas, an ex-FBI officer, are "persons of interest" in the investigation into Mr Corbett's death.

Murdered man Jason Corbett with his children Jack (10) and Sarah (8)
Murdered man Jason Corbett with his children Jack (10) and Sarah (8)

Officers believe he died after he was struck with a baseball bat.

According to a police report into the incident Thomas Martens said he had hit Mr Corbett during an argument.

The appeal against the court's decision, to grant custody of Mr Corbett's children to his family living in Limerick, could take up to a year before it is heard.

Jack and Sarah Corbett were greeted by family members in a private room at Shannon Airport at the weekend after a gruelling three-day journey home.

Speaking outside the airport, Tracey Lynch, a sister of Jason Corbett and the children's legal guardian, said: "We're just delighted to be home with the kids and bring them back to Ireland."

"I'd just like some peace so we can bury Jason," she added.

John Corbett, the children's grandfather, who greeted his grandchildren at the airport said: "I'm very elated, really elated."

"It's really brilliant now altogether."

"I told them I love them," John, 79, said.

Niall Maloney , Shannon Airport Director of Operations, said the airport assisted the family in getting home.

"Shannon Airport is part of the local community, we're community airport and we're just doing what any community would do; we support our own," he said.

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