CANACONA: Family, relatives and friends of Danielle McLaughlin, the Irish woman allegedly raped and murdered at Devabagh in Canacona will organise prayer services on March 13 to mark the second death anniversary of the 28-year-old Irish-British national.
Speaking to Herald Marrie, a close family friend of late Danielle, said that she is camping in Canacona since last few months talking to people both locals and foreigners. “We are planning to have a prayer meet on 13th of this month at the site where she was found dead,” she said.
“The objective is to pray for the soul of Danielle who was brutally murdered while resisting sexual assault on her,” Marrie said.
It may be recalled that Danielle’s disfigured body was found by a local farmer while going to his farm on March 14, two years ago.
It has been two years since Danielle lost her life to a gruesome act, initial investigation pointed to a local ‘friend’ of Danielle who is in judicial custody since then.
The family members and friends of the victim are getting impatient; while sources close to the investigation say that hearings are held almost every week. “The complainant and other panch witnesses are in the final stages of cross examination by the court in the 543 page charge-sheet filed by us against the prime accused,” said a police officer when asked for the delay in the matter.
Andrea Brannigan, mother of Danielle in a telephonic conversation from Ireland with this correspondent informed that she has not come out of the shock of the untimely death of her young daughter. “She was just 28 that time and had the entire life to explore and experience,” she said with sorrow in her voice.
“Worst part is that the person she trusted most ditched my innocent daughter; any body does like that to a friend?” She questioned.
As the case drags on she is feeling jittery as she compares the Nirbhaya case in which the accused were convicted in 9 months.
“A mass have been planned in the village Cockhill Chapel at 7.30 am, our local time and simultaneously a memorial gathering to pray in silence is organised at Devabagh at 2 pm Indian time on Wednesday at the place my daughter’s body was found,” she said.