‘She had such great friends across the whole world’

The late Danielle McLaughlin
The late Danielle McLaughlin

Two of Danielle McLaughlin’s close friends have travelled from Australia to Goa to accompany her on her final journey home to Buncrana today.

There has been an outpouring of grief in the Inishowen community following the murder of the 28-years-old Buncrana woman in India earlier this week.

Danielle was travelling in Goa, India, when she was murdered.

Her body was discovered in Deubaug, South Goa, on Tuesday morning. It is understood one man has been arrested in connection with Danielle’s death.

A Buncrana native, Danielle was a student of Scoil Mhuire in Buncrana and then studied at Liverpool’s John Moores University before opting to travel the world.

Family and friends have been working alongside the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust and also both the British and Irish Consulates, as Danielle was an Irish citizen but held a British passport.

Danielle’s body will be released today, bound for Dublin, and it is understood staff from the Irish Consulate will accompany Danielle’s friends on her journey from Goa, home to Buncrana. Speaking to the ‘Journal,’ Buncrana Parish Priest Fr Francis Bradley said there was a terrible sense of loss and shock in the Parish.

He said: “People are also very resilient. Danielle’s mother Andrea, her sisters and her friends have been working very hard, despite the heartbreak, putting their minds to how they can effectively and efficently get her body home.

“Two friends are flying from Australia to Goa to accompany her body home.

“She had such great friends across the world.

“She seemed to have a travel gene,” he added.