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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Nicola Furlong’s friends raise money to help family fly to Tokyo for murder trial

FRIENDS of murdered Nicola Furlong are organising a fundraiser to enable her family fly to Japan for the trial of her alleged killer.

Nicola’s friend, who was with her in Tokyo, appeared alongside the murdered student’s parents Andrew and Angie as part of fundraising efforts to help cover the travel and accommodation costs for the duration of the trial.

The Wexford town fun walk and street party will also see pink balloons launched into the air as a tribute to the Curracloe native on August 6th.

A spokesperson for the family told The Star: “The generosity and kindness of the people in Wexford and all around the world has been incredible and we would like to thank you. We can’t even begin to explain how much it means to Nicola’s family and friends.”

The DCU student was on a year’s exchange programme when she was murdered after a Nicki Minaj concert in May. She was found strangled in a Tokyo hotel room.

A 19-year-old American Christian musician has admitted strangling her to police - but is claiming that he didn't mean to kill her.

The DCU student’s family has been told that the formal court process is likely to get under way later in the summer and that a trial date will be set down for about six months after that.

Her dad Andrew made an emotional journey to Japan to recover her personal effects and to talk to police in June following her funeral in Wexford.

He spoke with Claire Byrne recently on RTE about the pain of the loss of Nicola, and how he fulfilled a promise to his daughter to collect her at the airport, when he drove the hearse carrying her coffin back to their Wexford home.

“I promised Nicola I’d collect her from the airport and so I did. I drove the hearse and I was so, so proud to do it,” he said.

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