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Family of Wexford woman Nicola Furlong to mark ten years since her murder with anniversary mass


Nicola Furlong

Nicola Furlong

Nicola Furlong


ON Saturday evening the family and friends of Nicola Furlong will gather at St Margaret’s Church in Curracloe to remember her, ten years after she was cruelly taken from them.

Although yesterday (Tuesday) will have marked a decade since Nicola, aged just 21, was murdered in a Tokyo hotel room after attending a concert with a friend in the city, the intervening years will have done little to ease the pain felt by her heartbroken parents Andrew and Angela and sister Andrea.

In an emotional post on social media, Nicola’s Dad Andrew noted that it had been “ten years since all our lives shattered, never to be the same again”.

"We didn’t know until 8 a.m. the next morning when a knock came on our front door and a nightmare came with it that has never gone away,” he said.

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The family will gather with Nicola’s friends in the quietness of St Margaret’s Church on Saturday at 7.15 p.m. and those who knew Nicola are invited to come along, share their recollections of her and celebrate the impact she made in her short life.

The difficulty of this ten year milestone is compounded by the fact that Nicola’s killer, American Richard Hinds, is set to be released from prison “within months".

Hinds was found guilty of Nicola’s murder in March 2013. The then 19-year-old was given a sentence of a minimum of five years and a maximum of 10 with labour. The keyboard player has now been imprisoned for nine and a half years.

In accordance with the legal requirements of his sentence, he must be released and then deported back to the US by November of this year. But the Japanese authorities, who have remained tight-lipped on when exactly Hinds will get out of jail, can legally release him at any stage.