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NO REPRO FEE - Enrika, who was found murdered along with her mother Jolanta, in Killorglin, Co Kerry on 16.6.13

Pictured here on her recent Communion day

NO REPRO FEE - Enrika, who was found murdered along with her mother Jolanta, in Killorglin, Co Kerry on 16.6.13 Pictured here on her recent Communion day

NO REPRO FEE - Enrika, who was found murdered along with her mother Jolanta, in Killorglin, Co Kerry on 16.6.13 Pictured here on her recent Communion day

GARDAI investigating the murder of a mother and her daughter believe websites used by the young mum are key to their investigations.

Jolanta Lubiene (27) and Enrika (8) were savagely murdered in their Kerry home last weekend.

Officers believe the little girl was repeatedly stabbed in front of her mother before the killer turned his attention on her.

A garda source said it has been established that the mother's use of a number of websites in the last few months is central to their investigations.

Officers are convinced her online activity is key to solving this murder.

Meanwhile, Killorglin in Co Kerry is still getting to grips with the unprecedented savagery that has shaken it to its core.

SCARED

Usually, the attention of the country is focused on Killorglin during its famed Puck Fair in August.

This week, locals have stood in solidarity with its immigrant community, who are recognised as being "hard workers" and an "asset to the community".

And they have raised thousands of euro to help repatriate the bodies to their homeland in Lithuania.

The brutal murders of the popular mother and daughter at their Langford Downs home on Saturday has scared local people, despite assurances by gardai that the killer was known to them.

The forensic examination of the rented semi-detached house concluded yesterday, with the family's possessions piled high inside the window to allow investigators to comb the scene for clues.

The family planned to be reunited in Telsiai in the northwest of Lithuania in two weeks time, but now Marius Lubys (29) is instead planning his wife's and daughter's funerals.

Mr Lubys shared the rented house with his wife and daughter until December, when he left for Sweden where his brother-in-law set him up with work on a farm.

He flew to Ireland from Sweden after being informed of the news of the murders.

He told the Herald they had planned to leave little Enrika in Lithuania with her grandparents, and Jolanta would come to work in Sweden with him for a while. The plan was that they would all eventually resettle in their native country.

Last Saturday afternoon, those dreams were shattered when Jolanta was attacked in the upstairs of the house and stabbed repeatedly by someone she and her daughter knew.

The terrified mother struggled desperately to escape her attacker.

Enrika was standing on the upstairs landing when the attacker stabbed her in the neck. She was the first to die.

Like many Eastern European couples, Jolanta and Marius met when they were young – she was 17 and still at school and he 19 – and they married two years later.

They moved to Ireland in 2005, the same year their daughter was born, first staying in Glenbeigh in rural Co Kerry, before moving to nearby Killorglin two years later.

For Jolanta, Killorglin was the obvious choice. Her older sister Kristina and her husband Vaidas were living in nearby Milltown and she got a job working in Keane's SuperValu where her sister was also employed.

STRUGGLING

Unlike other towns, Killorglin's Lithuanian and Polish community is well integrated, as evidenced by the crowd of about 1,000 who crammed into St James's Church on Wednesday night for a memorial mass.

Kerry was the only home Enrika ever knew and the little "chatterbox" loved attending Scoil Mhuire.

Her mother was equally loved by her colleagues at St Joseph's Nursing Home, where she worked as a chef and was described by friend Helen O'Shea as being "great craic" and having a "heart of gold".

Now their friends and family are struggling to comprehend their senseless and brutal murders and the town remains on edge until the killer is found.

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