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Family of mum and daughter found dead in Newry thank community for their support

Victims Giselle Marimon-Herrera (37) and her 15-year-old daughter Allison
Victims Giselle Marimon-Herrera (37) and her 15-year-old daughter Allison
Flowers left at the murder scene

The family of Giselle Marimon-Herrera and her daughter Allison have thanked the Newry community for their support in the wake of their deaths.

Ms Marimon-Herrera (37), who was originally from Columbia, and her 15-year-old daughter were found dead their flat at Glin Ree Court in the town last Thursday. 

Police confirmed that Allison Marimon-Herrera died as a result of strangulation and said that though Giselle's cause of death was not confirmed, detectives believe there is a strong possibility she too was strangled.

A 38-year-old man, Russell Steel, who was originally from Scotland, was also found dead in the flat. He died as a result of hanging.

Police said they are not currently seeking anyone else in connection with the deaths.

In a statement released through the PSNI on Monday night, the family of Giselle Marimon-Herrera and her daughter Allison thanked the Newry community.

"Following the murder of Giselle Marimon-Herrera and her daughter Allison in Newry, their family wish to thank the people of Newry for the kindness shown to them at this very sad time," the statement read.

"They would also like to thank everyone who made donations to help them in their hour of need."

Ms Marimon-Herrera had lived in Northern Ireland for around four years and her daughter Allison was born in Spain and had lived in Northern Ireland since 2017. She attended Newry High School.

Principal of Newry High School Iestyn Brown said that Allison would be fondly remembered by all at the school.

“The entire Newry High School community is deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of our Year 11 pupil Allison," she said.

"Allison was a talented, kind, courteous and well-mannered pupil with a beautiful smile. Both staff and pupils are profoundly saddened by her death and she will be remembered with great affection by her fellow pupils and staff alike.

"Our hearts go out to Allison’s family circle; they are foremost in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.”

Speaking in the days following the deaths, SDLP councillor Michael Savage 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," he said.

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