Belfast Telegraph

Monday 1 September 2014

Victim's daughter in photo tribute

Shannon Graham (right) is supported by family members at the funeral of her mother Marian
The coffin of Cathy Dinsmore is brought into St Peter's Church in her home town of Warrenpoint

A teenage girl whose boyfriend is the prime suspect in her mother's murder has paid an emotional farewell at her funeral.

Marian Graham and Cathy Dinsmore, both from Co Down and aged 53, were stabbed to death in woods 75 miles north of the Turkish resort of Kusadasi last week.

Ms Graham's 15-year-old daughter Shannon helped carry a photograph of her heartbroken family to the altar during the Requiem Mass in Newry, Co Down.

Turkish waiter Recep Cetin, originally thought to be 17 but who may be older, is the chief suspect in the double murder. Reports that he attacked the women after being refused permission to marry Shannon have caused widespread shock.

Hundreds attended the service at St Mary's Chapel, which was timed to allow mourners to travel to Ms Dinsmore's funeral in the nearby town of Warrenpoint.

Father John Byrne told the congregation in Newry: "Both families are united in their grief and it is natural that they have so many questions but so few answers. Losing someone so close as a mother and a dear friend has caused numbness and confusion."

He described Ms Graham, who had five children, as "a loving mother and great friend".

The victims were close friends and were on an extended stay in Turkey when the stabbings took place. Their bodies were flown into Dublin airport on Wednesday and Shannon was among friends and family who accompanied the hearses on their journey home.

Canon John Kearney of St Peter's Church, Warrenpoint, said: "We are shocked as individuals and we are visibly shaken as a community when we learned about the unexpected and tragic death of Cathy who was born and reared here in Warrenpoint and was known by so many.

"Today there is a huge emptiness in our hearts because Cathy has been taken away from us in this way."

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