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Poignant farewell to Allison and Giselle Marimón Herrera

There has been enormous sympathy and support for the family of Giselle Marimón Herrera (37) and her 15-year-old daughter Allison, who were found murdered at their Newry apartment last week.

Although a major police investigation is still progressing, all the indications are that the victims were both strangled by Scottish-born Russell Steele who was in a relationship with Giselle and subsequently took his own life.

Several thousand pounds which was raised through public donations will help to cover the repatriation of their bodies and their funeral costs, as well as allowing Giselle's devastated parents to fly from their home in Colombia to Ireland and say a final farewell to their loved ones.

While it only represented a small gesture after a tragedy of appalling proportions, all those who contributed to and facilitated the initiative deserve considerable credit.

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