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Goa murder victim Danielle McLaughlin's mum 'relieved' to get body back for funeral

By Staff Reporter

The mother of Danielle McLaughlin, the Co Donegal woman murdered in Goa, has said she is relieved to have her daughter's body back home.

Friends and family have asked mourners at the young woman's funeral today to wear bright colours to "celebrate" her life.

Ms McLaughlin (28) was discovered in Canacona, a popular tourist area in the south of the Indian state earlier this month.

Her body was flown back to her family in the town of Buncrana in Donegal.

"I am relieved to have her back home again," mother Andrea Brannigan said in a statement.

Ms McLaughlin's close friends, Christy Duffy and Louise McMenamin, asked people planning to attend the young woman's funeral "not to abide by the usual dress code of black".

In a statement they said that "in order to celebrate the life of such a bright and vibrant young girl, an effort should be made instead to match this brightness by wearing vibrant colours".

The funeral will take place in Buncrana today at 11am at Cockhill Chapel.

Her friends said: "We are obviously heartbroken at the loss of our very close friend, but we would like to honour her in the way she would have liked, not focusing on the horrors of the world and giving in to hate, but honouring kindness and expressing our love for Danielle."

Ms McLaughlin was found dead in a secluded spot on Tuesday March 14.

A post-mortem showed she had been sexually assaulted before being killed by a number of blows to the head.

A 24-year-old man confessed to the crime and has been charged by Indian police.

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