Fundraising initiatives raise over £12K for family’s travel and repatriation costs
13 March 2019 - by By Brian Hyland
Fundraising initiatives to help pay repatriation costs for Giselle and Allison Marimon-Herrera has already topped £12,000.
The bodies of Giselle and her 15-year-old daughter were found in their apartment in Glin Ree Court on Thursday morning.
The pair had been strangled by Russell Steele.
Ms Marimon-Herrera, originally from Columbia, had been living in Newry since 2015.
At the weekend, her father Fabion Marimon told a Columbian news agency he was selling his taxi so he could afford to travel to Northern Ireland to take the bodies of his daughter and granddaughter home.
Now three different fundraisers have been launched in Newry to assist with travel and repatriation costs.
The Newry Repatriation Fund for Giselle and Allison was launched at Newry Credit on Monday.
Its first donation of £5,000 was made by Colin Bell from The Kevin Bell Repatriation Fund (KBRT).
The charity was established by Mr Bell and his wife Eithne after their son, Kevin, was killed in a hit-and-run incident in New York in June 2013.
To date, the charity has returned over 630 bodies to Ireland.
“Unfortunately, we can only repatriate to Ireland,” said Mr Bell told the Newry Reporter.
“But in a case like this, especially because it’s Newry, we are very happy to give a sizable donation to bring the girls home to their loved ones and give the family some kind of closure.”
Newry Credit will be accepting donations at its front counter and online donations can also be made.
Brendan Jackson from Newry Credit added: “The Credit is a community organisation as well and we’re only too happy to facilitate people making a contribution and help get the money to the families that need it and get the bodies repatriated.”
“There are buckets in the Credit for donations and also an account for larger donations.
Two other GoFundMe pages, set up by Ogra Sinn Fein in Newry, and Kim Winters PT, have already raised over £6,000.
They can be found at www.gofundme.com/flights-for-newry-murder-victims- and www.gofundme.com/newry-mum-and-daughter-repatriation-
Book of Condolence
Meanwhile, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council chairman, Cllr Mark Murnin, opened a Book of Condolence at the Council’s Newry office on Monday.
“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, 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.To read more subscribe to our online Newspaper