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Residents rally after mum dies suddenly

The tragic death of a mother-of-two in Bangor has prompted an outpouring of community generosity.

Marissa Casiben (39), originally from the Phillipines, was discovered dead in her bed on December 15. Her two young children, three-year-old Bernard junior and nine-year-old Christina, were found sleeping beside her.

A coroner’s report was unable to fully establish a cause of death but it is believed she may have suffered from a heart condition.

Neighbour and friend Jackie McConnell is leading efforts to raise money to fly Mrs Casiben’s family back to the Phillipines, to have her remains repatriated.

“It’s going to cost £3,200. Then they will have additional costs involved with transporting her remains home,” he said.

“The children and Marissa’s husband Bernard have stayed with us and people have brought food parcels. A local church even had a collection for her.”

Mr McConnell’s wife, Lily-Paz, is also from the Phillipines and the two families were close.

Mr McConnell has organised a service of remembrance for Marissa in Bangor which will be held at 10am tomorrow in St Galls Church on the Crawfordsburn Road.

To donate to the appeal, phone 028 9146 7681 or 07729 050206.

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