13 March 2019 - by By Brian Hyland
The family of Giselle and Allison Marimon-Herrera have thanked the public for their “kindness at this very sad time” after a huge fundraising drive to pay travel and repatriation costs raised over £12,000.
Relatives are expected to arrive in Northern Ireland later this week to release and take home the bodies of Giselle and Allison.
They were found strangled in their Glin Ree Court home last Thursday morning.
On Monday night, the family released a statement through the PSNI.
“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,” it said.
“They would also like to thank everyone who made donations to help them in their hour of need.”
At the weekend, Giselle’s father Fabion Marimon told a Columbian news agency he was selling his taxi so he could afford to travel to Ireland to take the bodies of his daughter and granddaughter home.
Since then, three different fundraisers have been launched in Newry to assist with travel and repatriation costs.
On Monday, the Newry Repatriation Fund for Giselle and Allison was launched at Newry Credit .
Its first donation of £5,000 was made by Colin Bell from The Kevin Bell Repatriation Fund (KBRT). Two other GoFundMe pages, set up by Ógra An Iúir and Kim Winters PT, have already raised over £6,000.
A Book of Condolence was opened at Council offices at Monaghan Row on Monday morning by chairman Mark Murnin.
“My heartfelt condolences on behalf of myself and everyone in the Newry, Mourne and Down district go the family and friends of Giselle and her 15-year-old daughter Allison, (pictured) who lost their lives in such tragic circumstances in our city,” wrote Cllr Murnin.
Books have also been opened at Warrenpoint Town Hall and Crossmaglen Community Centre and in Newcastle, Kilkeel, Downpatrick and Ballynahinch
They will remain open until Friday.
The body of 38-year-old Russell Steele was also found in the apartment. He had taken his own life. Police last week launched a murder enquiry, but said they are not seeking anyone else in connection with the incident.
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