Parents of murdered Manuela to mark fifth anniversary
THE PARENTS of murdered teen Manuela Riedo will return to Galway this weekend to mark their only child's fifth anniversary.
Speaking about their trips to Galway, Manuela's mother Arlette said: "It is both sad and a happy occasion for us both. For Hans Peter as a father that has lost his only daughter it can be very difficult to return to Galway and also for me as Manuela's mother. Galway is a special place with special people, I believe Manuela's spirit is strongest in Galway, so this gives us comfort."
Hans Peter and Arlette Riedo will return tomorrow to make their annual pilgrimage to the isolated spot where she was murdered just two days after she arrived to study English.
"Manuela's journey to Galway started on October 6, 2007 but only lasted two days. That is very sad because Ireland and Galway are so beautiful and we wish she had come home safe with the stories of how beautiful and special her trip was. This makes us sad, but we have to be positive that the foundation is helping others, saving lives," said her mother.
She added that the foundation set up in her memory had helped them cope.
During their trip to Ireland the couple will take part in a balloons release in Manuela's memory before attending the annual fundraising concert, 'A Night for Manuela' tomorrow night.
Manuela (17) was attacked and killed less than three days after arriving in Galway with fellow students from Fribourg to study English. Galway man Gerald Barry (32) was convicted of her murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.
The foundation has so far raised €100,000 to fund workshops into awareness and prevention of sexual crimes in Ireland.
The fundraising concert will be held in the Salthill Hotel. More information is available at www.anightformanuela.com.