Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Murder in Turkey: We are all devastated, says a grieving sister

The sister of murder victim Marion Graham has told how the family has been left devastated by the tragedy.

Monica Higgins called briefly to check on her sister's home on the outskirts of Newry just after being told about the double murder.

"It's absolutely devastating. We've just found out. My mother's in the car crying her eyes out," she said. The blinds of Ms Graham's home were drawn and the garden of the mid-terraced house overgrown, as she has been living in her second home in Kusadasi for the last few months.

Her neighbours in Toragh Park, a quiet estate on the outskirts of Newry, said her love of the Aegean resort had drawn her to spend more and more time in the country. Nicola Hyland, who lives two doors down with her young family, said it was a tragedy.

"She was a lovely lady, so friendly, always had a smile for you," she said. "I just can't believe what happened to her."

Kathy Dinsmore had been an employee of Newry and Mourne District Council. She also worked in a local cab firm up until last Christmas. Her mother died four weeks ago.

In a statement, members of the Dinsmore family spoke of their sorrow. "John and George Dinsmore are devastated by the tragic death of their beloved sister Kathy Dinsmore while on holiday in Turkey," it said.

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