Parents of tragic student Jastine Valdez may leave Ireland over horrific murder in Co Wicklow
The parents of murder victim Jastine Valdez are considering moving back home to the Phillippines after her horrific death.
It is understood her body is to be flown to her hometown of Aritao as early as Monday.
Her traumatised parents will be comforted by relatives, including Jastineâs grandmother who raised her, and they may move home permanently.
On Friday morning they met with relatives of Jastineâs murderer Mark Hennessy. A Garda statement said they âexchanged sympathies with each other on the tragic circumstances that resulted in the loss of our respective loved onesâ.
The couple, in their late 40s, are struggling to deal with the murder of their only child. Family friend Karen Geograsosaid: âI donât know if they want to stay here because all the bad memories are here or if they want to go home for good, we donât know.
âThe granny wants to mourn. The final say is they want to bring Jastine back home.â The tragic 24 year-old accountancy student was said to be thrilled to be reunited with her parents, who moved to Ireland almost 20 years ago.
Dad Danilo and mum Teresita said their daughter was eager to settle in Ireland after moving here three years ago.
Jastine was killed by Hennessy on Saturday, May 19, after she was bundled into a Nissan Qashqai near her home in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow.
She was strangled by the dad of two just 45 minutes after being abd ucted and her body was dumped at Puckâs Castle in Rathmichael, South Dublin.
A GoFundMe page set up by Raymond Garrett on behalf of Outreach Ireland to help the parents of Jastine to repatriate the body had reached almost â¬140,000 on Friday, 14 times the initial â¬10,000 target.
Today Filipino priest Fr Rene Esoy of the Sacred Heart Chapel on Bachelors Walk in Dublin will pray for Jastine during a special monthly Mass.Video Loading Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play nowSource: Google News