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The family of the late Claire McKenna (pictured) have launched a $35,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction

The family of the late Claire McKenna (pictured) have launched a $35,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction

Posters have been placed in the area where Claire McKenna's body was discovered in Queens, NY, last month

Posters have been placed in the area where Claire McKenna's body was discovered in Queens, NY, last month

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The family of the late Claire McKenna (pictured) have launched a $35,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction

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The heartbroken family of a 26-year-old woman who was found dead in suspicious circumstances in New York last month have offered a $35,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

The body of Claire McKenna, Astoria, NYC, was found near a bush in the borough of Queens, New York. on October 12th.

It had been just over twenty four hours since she had sent a text to her family, indicating that she needed help, and that her phone battery was almost gone.

Derek McKenna, Claire’s father, is originally from Belrobin, Kilklerley, Dundalk, and her family maintain strong links in the north Louth area.

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A reward is now being offered for information, with posters being placed around the area where Claire’s body was discovered.

In the appeal the McKenna family reveal that a man was captured on video pushing a trolley, which contained what they now believe was Claire’s body, a day after she had sent a text asking for help.

The masked man, wearing dark clothes, was reported to have been caught on video dumping the body near a bush on 94th Avenue and 214th Street, Queens.  Other evidence was also said to have been found at the scene when police made the gruesome discovery on the morning of October 12th.

Nigel McKenna, Claire's uncle and godfather, told The Argus that the entire family are “completely devastated” at her death.

He described her as “such a lovely girl” who “loved dogs and collected food for the homeless.”

Claire also wrote and performed her own songs, alongside her sister, and the pair have released their music on iTunes.

Nigel said the shocking nature of her death was almost “unbearable” for her parents and sisters.

Although the family are not commenting further on the circumstances around Claire’s death due to the ongoing investigation, Nigel said: “She had spoken to my brother on the Monday morning, October 10th and everything was fine.”

"We are all devastated.”

He added: “The pain and sorrow my sister-in-law and brother is in is unbearable. We live in a society that becomes numb to crime due to normalcy. There is nothing normal about this, We will never stop until justice is served.”

A month's mind mass for Claire McKenna was held in Kilkerley Church at 6pm on Saturday last.

Condolences were paid by local club Kilkerley Emmets, who Claire’s father Derek had played for.

In an online post, the club said: “We would like to offer our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the McKenna family, in particular her parents, her father Derek (former player) and her sisters.

“We cannot comprehend the pain you have experienced since Claire's untimely passing and you have all been in our thoughts and prayers and we will continue to remember you and your beautiful daughter Claire in our prayers.”


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