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Vigil for murdered mother found in burnt out home

 Friends give support to members of the Dornan family during a candlelight vigil in west Belfast
Andrea McKernon

HUNDREDS of people have attended a candlelight vigil in west Belfast for a young mother who was found murdered in her burnt out house.

Many of those attending were in tears as friends supported the family of the dead woman, just hours after police announced that the house fire death was a murder investigation.

The body of Jennifer Dornan (30) was discovered in her home in the Hazel View area of Lagmore on Sunday.

A passing taxi driver raised the alarm as an intense fire swept through the home of the mother-of-three. 

Such was the intensity of the fire that the roof was destroyed and windows burnt out.

Ms Dornan was said by family and friends to have "lived for her children", Martin (eight), Jayden (five) and three-year-old daughter Abbey.

Ms Dornan's grieving father Stephen appealed for witnesses who had any information to come forward and tell police.

Det Supt Kevin Geddes said Ms Dornan left behind three children all aged under nine who do not understand what has happened to their mother.

He appealed for help from the public to catch her killer.

"Jennifer had been on a night out with friends at the Devenish complex on Finaghy Road North on Saturday night," they said.

"They left at around 1.30am and went back to a friend's house close to her own home to continue socialising. At 3am she left her friend's house and walked the short distance home.

"I am appealing to anyone who saw Jennifer in the bar on Saturday night or Sunday morning or who saw her walking in the Hazel View area between 3 and 4am on Sunday morning to come forward."

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