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Monday 22 July 2019

Families of Jastine and Hennessy have meeting

Jastine Valdez
Jastine Valdez

The grief-stricken families of murdered Jastine Valdez and her killer Mark Hennessy met last week to offer each other their sympathies.

News of the meeting emerged last night when the families issued a joint statement through the gardaí.

"In the midst of our grief, both the Valdez and Hennessy families met on Friday morning where we exchanged sympathies with each other on the tragic circumstances that resulted in the loss of our respective love ones.

"Both families request privacy at this very difficult time," said the statement.

The Hennessy family held a funeral for their son - who was killed by gardaí during the search for Ms Valdez - at Mount Jerome Chapel in Dublin's Harold's Cross on Saturday.

Hennessy's father told mourners his family was "broken".

"For the past week, I have been waking every morning to see my darling sweetheart wife broken, broken," he said.

"I look at my sons and my daughters and they're broken. I look at Mark's uncles and auntie, cousins, nephews, nieces and his beautiful, beautiful daughters and they're broken and I can't fix them.

"To all the people who have come here today and to all of the people who have come through home, offering the shake of a hand, a cuddle, a peck on the cheek, words of encouragement - thank you for coming into this nightmare to help us, because you have helped us so much more.

"To every single person on this planet who has had a kind thought for us, thank you - thank you," he added.

Irish Independent

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