Monday 22 July 2019

Community rallies behind family of murdered mum Skaidrite (34)

Gofundme page set up to help family of 34-year-old Skaidrite Valdgemia

The late Skaidrite Valdgeima
The late Skaidrite Valdgeima

Myles Buchanan

Blessington has been left reeling by the tragic passing of mother-of-three Skaidrite Valdgeima, who was killed in Dublin last Wednesday (26th).

The 34-year-old Latvian native had been living in Blessington with her husband and three children for over ten years.

A GoFundMe page has been established in an attempt to raise money to help Ms Valdgeima's family.

Cllr Gerry O'Neill says the victim was well known figure within the local community,

'People are just in complete shock. My heart goes out to her whole family and friends. There is a deep sense of grief in the town.

'She was a great character around the town and very much made Blessington her home and was a big part of the community. She was an interpreter when called upon and also used to help deliver the parish news letters,' said Cllr O'Neill.

'She very much got behind Irish heritage and her children are involved in lots of local activities. They are very good Irish dancers and only returned back the other week from Killarney where they were competing in a Feis Ceoil competition.

'There's a small but very close-knit Latvian community here in Blessington and I know they are devastated,' said Cllr O'Neill.

A friend of Ms Valdgeima, Vanessa Downes, has started a GoFundMe page which by noon on Tuesday afternoon had reached €4,882 out of a €10,000 target.

She wrote on the page: 'Today we had some heartbreaking news that a young lady from our little town in Blessington was brutally struck down.

'She was a loving mother to her three beautiful children and they are left broken hearted at the thought they will never see her again. There is nothing one can do only be there.

'I have set up this go fund me page to try lessen the burden of costs that will soon accumulate for events in the near future. If only something small, please try to donate and help Skaidrite family in their hour of need.'

Another pal wrote: 'Sky was a friend and classmate of mine in college. She was the kindest and happiest person I have ever met. She brought great joy to Sallynoggin College and made the stress of exams and assignments so much easier with her great personality it an absolute pleasure to be her friend and I will miss her terribly. I have a picture of Sky eating her first Irish crisp sandwich, she didn't enjoy it, but she wanted to try our traditions. RIP my friend.'

A Latvian man has been charged with her murder and is due to appear in court again this week.

Her funeral arrangements have yet to be made.

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