Wednesday 17 July 2019

Family of murdered Jastine Valdez (24) attend memorial mass on one year anniversary

Tess and Danny Valdez, the parents of murdered Jastine Valdez pictured with family at the one year anniversary at Blessed Sacrement Chapel Bachelors Walk Dublin this afternoon
Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
Tess and Danny Valdez, the parents of murdered Jastine Valdez pictured with family at the one year anniversary at Blessed Sacrement Chapel Bachelors Walk Dublin this afternoon Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
Tess and Danny Valdez, the parents of murdered Jastine Valdez pictured with family at the one year anniversary at Blessed Sacrement Chapel Bachelors Walk Dublin this afternoon. Pic: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Allison Bray

The heartbroken parents of murdered student Jastine Valdez attended a memorial mass in honour of their beloved daughter who was tragically killed a year ago.

Tess (Teresita) and Danny (Danilo) Valdez and other bereaved family members marked the one year anniversary of the murder of the 24-year-old student at a mass at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel on Bachelors Walk in Dublin today.

The horrific killing of the young woman unfolded in the picturesque village of Enniskerry, Co Wicklow on Saturday May 19, 2018.

Ms Valdez was returning to the village where she lived with her parents who moved to Ireland from their native Philippines more than three decades ago.

Jastine Valdez
Jastine Valdez

She had joined them only three years previously and was studying accountancy at the Institute of Technology in Tallaght.

She had innocently boarded a bus from Bray, Co Wicklow and arrived in the village shortly after 6pm.

Twenty minutes later she was bundled into the car by married father-of two Mark Hennessy, (40), a construction worker from Bray in what gardai believe was a completely opportunistic and random attack fuelled by his apparent drug and alcohol problems.

A witness rang 999 after her 12-year-old son saw a man forcing the student into the boot of a Nissan Qashqui around 6.24pm.

Around an hour later, another witness rang gardai after seeing a young woman in a distressed state banging on the back window of an SUV, sparking a massive manhunt for Hennessy who would be shot dead by gardai the following day.

They found a note on his body, saying ‘sorry’ and ‘Puck’s (Castle) Lane’ where her body was found the next day.

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