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Saturday 21 September 2019

Mother of murdered Danielle still has questions


Murder victim: Danielle McLaughlin was killed in Goa. Photo: Family handout/PA Wire
Murder victim: Danielle McLaughlin was killed in Goa. Photo: Family handout/PA Wire

Claire McNeilly

The heartbroken mother of a young backpacker raped and murdered in Goa has said her heart goes out to the family of Nóra Quoirin.

Danielle McLaughlin's mum said Nóra's grieving relatives will endure their nightmare for the rest of their lives.

Andrea McLaughlin revealed the most torturous part of her daughter's death two years ago was trying to deal with the unanswered questions - something she believes the Quoirins will also have to face.

In March 2017, the mutilated body of Danielle, who was from Buncrana in Co Donegal, was found in a secluded spot at a beach resort in Canacona in Goa, a popular Indian holiday island, during Holi, a prominent Hindu festival.

Danielle, who was travelling in India before heading on to Canada to work as a teacher, had been raped and brutally beaten with a rock and broken bottles before being strangled and dumped on the road.

Andrea (48) said she had been following the case of 15-year-old Nóra, who vanished from a holiday resort in Malaysia where the family had been staying earlier this month. Her body was found on Tuesday.

She said news of the discovery of Nóra's body brought it all back to her.

Andrea told the 'Belfast Telegraph' of her own desperate struggle to cope with her eldest daughter's brutal death abroad.

"I still don't have all the answers about what happened to Danielle," she said.

"I want to know why? I want to know what happened.

"You want to know her last moments, even though you're scared to know them. You need to know them.

"Did she look for you in those last moments?"

Irish Independent

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