Tuesday 23 January 2018

Tragic Jill's ashes to stay in Australia after cremation

Family invite public to memorial mass in Drogheda

Jill Meagher's mother, Edith McKeon, outside the shop in Melbourne where floral tributes have been left to her daughter
Jill Meagher's mother, Edith McKeon, outside the shop in Melbourne where floral tributes have been left to her daughter
A police officer leads 30,000 marchers along Melbourne's Sydney Road yesterday as citizens turned out in force to remember murdered Irish woman Jill Meagher
Thousands took part in a peace march in the suburb of Brunswick to remember the murdered Drogheda woman.
The Duchess bridal shop has become a shrine, with floral tributes piled up outside.
Rod White and his daughter Edie (3) take part in the peace march in the suburb of Brunswick to remember Jill Meagher.
Marchers gathered outside the Duchess Boutique bridal shop where Drogheda woman Jill was captured on cctv.
A traffic-stopping 30,000 people came together at the weekend to walk in silence along the route Jill never completed in the final hours of her life.
Jill Meagher has become a symbol of something that the people of Brunswick never want to happen on their streets again.
Floral tributes piled up outside the Duchess bridal store.
Although no final decision has been made, it is believed a memorial service will be held in Melbourne later in the week.
The crowds brought traffic to a standstill as they walked the route that should have taken Jill Meagher home.
Marchers wept as they walked past the Duchess Boutique bridal shop where Drogheda woman Jill was captured on CCTV speaking with a man in a blue hoodie who has since been charged with her rape and murder.
Many marchers yesterday carried signs urging an end to violence but not an end to women's right to walk the streets at night.
Jill Meagher on her Leaving cert results day.

Elaine Keogh

THE funeral of tragic murder victim Jill Meagher will take place in her adopted home of Australia.

Her uncle, Michael McKeon, said there would be a private service in Melbourne at 10.30am on Friday, followed by a cremation.

"Her parents George and Edith will bring her back to Perth (where they live) after the service,” said Mr McKeon.

The family have also invited the public to a memorial mass in her hometown Drogheda, where they say she touched the lives of many.

Mr McKeon said Jill had many friends across the globe and it was fitting to remember her where she spent her early years.

"We have decided to hold a memorial mass for her in Drogheda, the town she first called home, on Friday, October 5 so that she can be remembered on both sides of the world on the same day," said Mr McKeon.

Jill's body was discovered last Thursday in a shallow grave at the side of a dirt road about 50km north-west of Melbourne.

The 29-year-old had gone missing in the early hours of the previous Saturday morning while walking home alone from a night out with work colleagues.

A 41-year-old man has been charged with her rape and murder.

A book of condolence was opened this morning in Drogheda by the town's mayor, Paul Bell.

Almost 5,000 people have already signed books of condolences opened in the town last week. Jill’s aunt Catherine McKeon-Halpin said that the books “mean that the people of Drogheda care".

"We are an old family from the town and although most of us have now moved out, the books of condolences mean that people still recognise we’re from the town. It also means people know it could have been any of their children.”

Yesterday, Jill's mother Edith thanked the public for their support when she visited the scene of the abduction in Melbourne.



She also appealed for more CCTV cameras to be installed in the suburb.



"I would like to thank the huge support here in Melbourne, it's just been unbelievable. Just thank you, simply thank you." Ms McKeon told local media.



"And I hope they put more cameras in here to keep people safe. And just thank you everybody, everybody for all your support."

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