Monday 27 January 2020

'Goodbye for now... Sweet dreams' - Final farewell as tragic Laura Marshall laid to rest

The funeral cortege of Laura Marshall
The funeral cortege of Laura Marshall

Angela Rainey

Family and friends have paid their final respects to a dental nurse found murdered in in her flat.

Laura Marshall's body was found in her flat in Victoria Street in Lurgan, Co Armagh on April 3.

Yesterday hundreds of mourners attended the 31-year-old woman's funeral at St Peter's Church in the town.

Among them was high-profile dissident republican Colin Duffy.

He was with Ms Marshall's uncle Sam Marshall when he was murdered by the UVF in 1990 while leaving Lurgan police station.

Ms Marshall was buried in St Colman's Cemetery after Requiem Mass.

Laura Marshall
Laura Marshall

Her mother Annette, who lives in Leigh-on-Sea in England, paid tribute to her daughter online.

She posted on Facebook: "My dear Laura, justice will be served now."

She described whoever killed her daughter as an "evil monster".

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She added: "Your granny is waiting for you with open arms and you will be the brightest star in the sky now that will light up the world. I wish I could turn the clock back but me and you will meet again someday and start all over again. But for now every time I look to the sky and see that bright star, I will know that it is you looking down and saying 'What about ya, you old goat', as you always called me.

"And I would tell you off, but right now, I wouldn't mind it all.

"Goodbye for now... Sweet dreams xxx."

Ms Marshall's boyfriend Gary O'Dowd (36) appeared in court last week charged with her murder.

A PSNI detective said officers had found a "violent scene" in the bathroom, which was destroyed, with a pool of blood on the floor. Mr O'Dowd denies any involvement.

A keen traveller, Ms Marshall backpacked around the USA and Australia, describing it as "the best thing I have ever, ever, ever done in my life".

It wasn't long after she returned home from Australia that she wanted to go travelling again.

Despite her desire to leave Ireland, Ms Marshall loved her job as a dental nurse with Dental Excellence.

Belfast Telegraph

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