Sunday 17 November 2019

'She was our life, time can't heal the pain or stop tears'

Anguish: Teresita and Danilo Valdez, the parents of Jastine Valdez, with family friends at the inquest into the death of their daughter. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
Anguish: Teresita and Danilo Valdez, the parents of Jastine Valdez, with family friends at the inquest into the death of their daughter. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
Robin Schiller

Robin Schiller

The parents of Jastine Valdez have said they will "never understand how such evil can exist in the world" following the inquest into the death of the young student.

Danilo and Teresita Valdez paid an emotional tribute to their daughter who they described as "the sweetest and most caring" to her family and friends.

The Valdez family said their only child, who was known as Jeryl to her loved ones, "was beautiful inside and out".

"Jastine grew up in a way that every parents wishes for their child," the Valdez family said in a statement.

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"In her younger years she was well-mannered, she finished her undergraduate degree in the Philippines before coming to Ireland.

"She was respectful to others. A God-fearing child. A young lady who had dreams and worked hard to fulfil them. And yet in such tragic circumstances, she is gone too young too soon," they said.

Jastine Valdez’s parents will never know why Mark Hennessy killed their daughter
Jastine Valdez’s parents will never know why Mark Hennessy killed their daughter

The family also acknowledged "the tireless work" of the coroner, gardaí, the pathologist and many others involved.

However, Danilo and Teresita Valdez said that they are left with many questions that will stay with them forever.

"We will never know why this happened. We will never understand how such evil can exist in the world. Our tears will never stop when we think of our beautiful Jastine.

"Our grief will never pass, the loss of our beautiful Jastine will never fade, we will never have peace. Time itself cannot heal the pain we have.

"Jastine was our life and when she was taken away, our world ended.

"We try to smile, but in our hearts we are still crying," they said.

The Valdez family added how they are still trying to find a home and stable work, all while grieving the loss of their daughter.

"Our life was built around Jastine, we had our routine, our constant contact, and that is gone," they said.

"It was taken from us."

Irish Independent

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