The family and friends of young Buncrana woman Danielle McLaughlin have made a kind-hearted €5,000 donation to the trust which helped them following her tragic murder.
Investigations continue after the young tourist was attacked and murdered in the tourist hotspot of Goa on March 14th.
On Tuesday, Danielle’s loved ones met with Colin and Eithne Bell of the ‘Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust’ to offer their appreciation for their assistance and to make a €5,000 donation to the trust.
The trust was a source of much-needed help to the family as they arranged to bring Danielle’s body home two months ago.
Speaking at the presentation, Danielle’s mother Andrea Mc Laughlin said: ‘I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to Colin and Eithne who also suffered the loss of a loved one overseas and to also extend appreciation for their efforts and to everyone involved in the arduous process of repatriating Danielle from India.’
Christy Duffy chairman of the fundraising trust ‘Truth For Danielle’ said, “We felt it necessary to donate to such a great charity as the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust, working closely with them in the past month or so shows how much of a positive impact they can have in such a difficult period and to pass on in person our sincerest thanks and best wishes for them in their future endeavours with the charity.”
The Truth for Danielle campaign was set up to help in the endeavours to bring Danielle’s killer or killers to justice. The group are working towards determining the truth behind the events of her murder and seeking funds for their legal battle.
Christy said: “We ourselves have begun local fundraising efforts to assist in the expenses of building a successful legal team both here and in India and are so thankful to all who have donated to date and also to those who have donated their time to help organise the upcoming events.
“Both myself, Louise (Mc Menamin secretary of the trust) and the other members of the trust hope to raise as much as we can in an effort to get to the truth of the events leading up to the tragic death of our dear friend on March 13th”
“Anyone wishing to donate can call into Buncrana Ulster Bank and ask to lodge into the ‘Truth For Danielle Fund’ or contact the Facebook page and speak to one of the trustees https://www.facebook.com/TruthForDanielleMcLaughlin/”
Desmond Doherty, solicitor for Danielle Mc Laughlin’s family, has extended thanks to all those who have provided information carrying on from a media appeal a few weeks ago.
“On behalf of Danielle’s family we gratefully acknowledge with sincere thanks all those who have been kind and good enough to send to us all their private photographic and digital footage of their time at the Holi Festival in Goa during March this year when Danielle was there following an international appeal.
“We are collating and studying all the footage received so far and we welcome any further help from anyone who believe they can be of assistance. Police in Goa have recently confirmed to us that Danielle’s case has now been sent to the offices of the Director of Public Prosecutions in India which is welcomed.
“In the meantime we await the final conclusions of the second post mortem carried out by the Dublin City Coroner’s Office which we expect to receive soon. The help and support that Danielle’s family continue to receive is of great comfort to them in this difficult and emotional time while they try their best to understand and come to terms with the legal process that is developing.”Tags: