Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

Victim's daughter in photo tribute

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

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 aged 53 and travelling on Irish passports, 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."

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.

Politicians attending the funerals included Sinn Fein's Newry and Armagh MP Conor Murphy, as well as South Down MP and SDLP leader Margaret Ritchie.

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