Belfast Telegraph

Murdered nurse Laura Marshall an adventurous young woman who was full of life and loved to travel

By Deborah McAleese

Laura Marshall was a young woman with an adventurous spirit.

She had a hunger for travel and at times found it hard to settle at home in Lurgan.

The 31-year-old dental nurse made numerous friends from across the world during her travels through Australia and the US.

In 2009, she spent a year backpacking around Australia, travelling down the east coast from Brisbane to Sydney.

On Facebook, she described her visit to Australia as "the best thing I have ever ever ever done in my life".

She also spent some time in Philadelphia.

It wasn't long after she returned home from Australia that she wanted to go travelling again.

In November 2010, she wrote on Facebook that she was already planning her "next adventure".

And in November 2011, she added: "My wee travel bug is back. Ireland's defo not for me".

Despite her desire to leave Ireland, Ms Marshall loved her job as a dental nurse with Dental Excellence.

When she got the job in 2010, she wrote: "I'm so happy. Landed myself new dental nurse job today."

A few months later, she told her Facebook friends that she "loved" her life and her job.

Pals described her as "bubbly" and "full of life" and said she loved to socialise and hated missing out on a party.

In August 2013, she met Gary O'Dowd and appeared to settle into life at home.

She told her friends that while it was not like her "to settle", her boyfriend was "so good" to her.

The pair set up house together, and in 2014 she told friends he "spoils me clean rotten".

Her tragic death on Sunday shocked all who knew her, from childhood friends to the fellow travellers she befriended on her adventures.

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