Tragic Buncrana woman Danielle McLaughlin, who was found dead in India yesterday, had traveled to Goa on ‘another adventure’.
The 28-year-old’s body was discovered yesterday at Palolem Beach in Canacona near Goa with injuries to her head and face.
Police sources told the Times of India that a local farmer noticed the body while he was on his way to the fields, in a woodland spot – 300m from a road.
According to IANS the victim had arrived in the Palolem beach area on Sunday evening to participate in Holi celebrations before being found dead on Tuesday.
Danielle has been described as ‘a beautiful lady’ while one friend said she had ‘the most beautiful soul’.
A fund to assist in the repatriation and funeral expenses for Danielle has been set up and, in just over an hour, has raised over 50 per cent of its €10,000 target.
“There’s not really much anyone can say at the moment as I know we are all completely devastated,” said friend Christy Duffy, wo set up the fund.
“This fund is to assist the repatriation and funeral expenses for our friend Danielle who was tragically taken from us all too soon this week.
“This fundraiser is to help her family with the added costs of having someone with her when she returns and to give her the send off she deserves.
“There is nothing I need to say about Danielle as anyone who knew her, knew that she was a beautiful and kind hearted, funny young lady who loved life and was a loyal and devoted friend, sister and daughter.
“They say the brighest stars burn the quickest and no other analogy could describe Danielle’s life better, on behalf of her family thanks in advance for the donations and keep on smiling as Danielle would have wanted.”
Danielle attended Scoil Mhuire in Buncrana before attending university in Liverpool.
Superintended Sammy Tavares of the Goa Police said that they had arrested a suspect in connecting with Danielle’s murder.