Netizen 24 IRL: Parents of tragic student Jastine Valdez may leave Ireland over horrific murder in Co Wicklow

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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 Jastine’s grandmother who raised her, and they may move home permanently.

On Friday morning they met with relatives of Jastine’s murderer Mark Hennessy. A Garda statement said they “exchanged sympathies with each other on the tragic circumstances that resulted in the loss of our respective loved ones”.

Teresita Valdez (centre, wearing black) mother of murder victim Jastine Valdez leaves a funeral home in Bray on May 25, 2018
Danillo Valdez, father of murder victim Jastine Valdez arrives a t a funeral home in Bray on May 25, 2018

The couple, in their late 40s, are struggling to deal with the murder of their only child. Family friend Karen Geograsosaid: “I don’t know if they want to stay here because all the bad memories are here or if they want to go home for good, we don’t know.

“The granny wants to mourn. The final say is they want to bring Jastine back home.” 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.

Mark Hennessy pictured on previous nights out

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 Puck’s Castle in Rathmichael, South Dublin.

A memorial to murdered 24 year old Jastine Valdez in Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow

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 €140,000 on Friday, 14 times the initial €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.

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