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Nurses' funeral tribute to tragic student Karen Buckley

By Brian Hutton

The emotional funeral of murdered Karen Buckley has been told of the indescribable hurt and pain wreaked on her devastated family by an utterly inappropriate death.

As fellow nurses formed a guard of honour in her native Mourneabbey, Co Cork, the tragic student's brothers placed a poignant photograph of her as a child starting school, as well as her nurse's uniform, by her coffin. Parish priest Fr Joe O'Keeffe told mourners that now was a time of tears.

As well as being a young woman, 24-year-old Karen (right) was a friend, cousin, niece, sister-in-law, sister and a child, he said.

To her parents in particular it was most difficult to see their only daughter travel from "the cradle to the coffin", he told them.

"One represents the beginning of life and the other represents the end", he said. "And it is doubly sad when the two are so closely linked."

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