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Funeral service held for Newry murder mother and daughter victims Giselle and Allison Marimon-Herrera

THE coffins of mother and daughter Giselle and Allison Marimon-Herrera arrived side by side in the hearse for their private family funeral yesterday.

A brief service was held at Roselawn crematorium on the outskirts of east Belfast at 3pm.

White floral tributes adorned the coffins and mourners looked visibly moved as they ended their final journey.

The bodies of the devoted pair were discovered on March 7 at a flat in Glin Ree Court, Newry.

Police said that 15-year-old Allison, a pupil at Newry High School had been strangled and there was a "strong possibility" her mother (37) had died in the same way.

It is understood that Ms Marimon-Herrera's parents were among family members who travelled from Colombia for the service at City of Belfast crematorium.

In a statement released through the PSNI in the days following their deaths, the family thanked the Newry community for their "kindness" and "everyone who made donations to help them in their hour of need".

Ms Marimon-Herrera had lived in Northern Ireland for around four years and Allison had made it her home in 2017

The teenager was remembered by her headmistress as "a talented, kind, courteous and well-mannered pupil with a beautiful smile".

The body of a 38-year-old man, Russell Steele, who was originally from Scotland, was also found at the scene. He died from hanging.

Detectives who launched a murder investigation have said they are not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident.

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