Thursday 14 December 2017

'The brightest stars burn the quickest' - Friends of Irish woman killed in India pay tribute

Fundraising page has exceeded its goal of raising €10k to bring Ms McLaughlin home

Danielle McLaughlin was a lover of travelling and has been described as an
Danielle McLaughlin was a lover of travelling and has been described as an "outgoing, kind-hearted" person by friends
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

Heartbroken friends and family of Danielle McLaughlin have started a fundraiser page in order to have her remains returned to Ireland.

Ms McLaughlin (28), from Buncrana in Co Donegal, left on a backpacking adventure last month and had been celebrating the Holi festival in Canacona in India on Tuesday.

She was found dead with severe injuries to her head and face.

The reaction in her local community has been one of shock.

A close friend set up a GoFundMe page to help assist with the repatriation and funeral expenses.

The fundraising page has already surpassed its goal of €10,000 as tributes pour in.

Danielle Mc Laughlin was originally from Buncrana, Co Donegal
Danielle Mc Laughlin was originally from Buncrana, Co Donegal

He says Buncrana is completely devastated by her death.

"There's not really much anyone can say at the moment. Anyone who knew her, knew that she was a beautiful and kind-hearted, funny young lady who loved life.

"She was a loyal and devoted friend, sister and daughter.

"They say the brightest stars burn the quickest and no other analogy could describe Danielle's life better...keep on smiling, as Danielle would have wanted."

Another friend praised her energetic and enthusiastic personality.

"This girl was full of great energy and love for the world and the people within it. I had the pleasure to live and work with hear you've been taken away from us in such a cruel cruel way is heartbreaking."

So far, €2,010 has been raised in just over an hour.

The popular woman grew up in Buncrana, attending the local Scoil Mhuire secondary school. She studied at university in Liverpool and reports say she held a British passport.

Six "suspects" have been questioned by police in relation to the killing and one man is due to be brought before a court today.

The friend said the Irish embassy, the British embassy, the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust and many close friends are working hard on the arrangements to bring Ms McLaughlin's body home.

"The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust have been brilliant and cover most arrangements and expenses, so basically this fundraiser is to help her family with the added costs of having someone with her when she returns and to give her the send-off she deserves," he said.

Additional reporting by Press Association

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