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Family travel from Colombia for funeral of mother and daughter killed in Newry

The coffins of Giselle Marimon-Herrera 15-year-old daughter Allison. Pacemaker Belfast.
The coffins of Giselle Marimon-Herrera 15-year-old daughter Allison. Pacemaker Belfast.
The coffins of Giselle Marimon-Herrera 15-year-old daughter Allison. Pacemaker Belfast.
The coffins of Giselle Marimon-Herrera 15-year-old daughter Allison. Pacemaker Belfast.
The coffins of Giselle Marimon-Herrera 15-year-old daughter Allison. Pacemaker Belfast.

The funeral has taken place of Giselle Marimon-Herrera and her 15-year-old daughter Allison.

The pair were found dead alongside Giselle's partner Russell Steele at a flat in the Glin Ree Court area of Newry on March 7.

Their funeral took place at Roselawn Crematorium on Friday afternoon.

Three fundraising initiatives set up to help the victims' family in Colombia have raised more than £11,000.

A number of family members travelled to Northern Ireland to attend the service.

It is understood Ms Marimon-Herrera and her daughter died as a result of a murder-suicide.

Police believe that Steele (38), originally from Kilmarnock in Scotland, hanged himself after strangling Ms Marimon-Herrera and her daughter.

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.

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

Giselle Marimon-Herrera and her 15-year-old daughter Allison. Credit: PSNI
Giselle Marimon-Herrera and her 15-year-old daughter Allison. Credit: PSNI

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

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