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Calls for 'emotional and financial' support for family of mum and daughter found dead in Newry

Flowers left at the murder scene
Flowers left at the murder scene

Calls have been made to provide "emotional and financial support" to the family of a mother and daughter found dead at a flat in Newry.

The bodies of 37-year-old Giselle Marimon-Herrera and her 15-year-old daughter Allison were discovered in the Glin Ree Court area on Thursday afternoon.

The body of a 38-year-old man, who has not yet been named, was also discovered at the property.

Ms Marimon-Herrera was from Colombia and had lived in Northern Ireland for around four years.

Her daughter Allison was born in Spain and had lived in Northern Ireland since 2017. She attended Newry High School

SDLP councillor Michael Savage, speaking after he and Justin McNulty MLA accompanied council chairman Cllr Mark Murnin to lay a wreath at the murder scene, said he backed the setting up of a fund to help the family with travel, accommodation and potential repatriation costs.

"The wider family of Gisele and Allison are dealing with the trauma of their loss far from these shores and I believe we need to do whatever we can to remove any financial burden on them as they struggle to come to terms with the death of their loved ones," Mr Savage said.

"I have had an initial conversation with the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust and while they do not have a remit to repatriate from Ireland, the local charity has expressed a willingness to contribute to any repatriation fund that can be set up over the coming days if required.

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Councillor Michael Savage, Justin McNulty MLA and council chairman Cllr Mark Murnin lay a wreath at the murder scene. Credit: Newraypics.com

"I spoke with council chief executive Liam Hannaway on Thursday afternoon to see what we could do to support the families and those close to the deceased and he contacted Shane Devlin chief executive of the Trust who confirmed that a full counselling support initiative has been activated.

"I would also like to pay tribute to the local PSNI for their professionalism in dealing with a very distressing incident and the manner in which they engaged with residents of the area in very traumatic circumstances."

Police have said they believe Giselle and Allison were still alive in the early hours of Sunday morning .

Post mortem examinations are set to be carried out on all three bodies on Friday and police said they expect the results "in the coming days".

Police have confirmed that it was not currently seeking anyone else in connection with the deaths.

Initial reports suggested detectives were treating the incident as a suspected double murder and suicide, but this has not been confirmed.

It is also understood that the three victims were known to each other and that they died in a violent manner.

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