Fundraising campaign for Jastine Valdez' family raises over €80k in 24 hours

Fundraising campaign for Jastine Valdez' family raises over €80k in 24 hours

Mark Hennessy, the main suspect in the investigation was fatally shot by Gardaí on Sunday evening in the Cherrywood area of South Dublin. There was also a large amount of blood found in the vehicle which is believed to be that of Ms Valdez.

Last night, hundreds of people attended a vigil for Ms Valdez in Enniskerry, including members of the Filipino community and a minute's silence was held in her memory.

She was last seen being bundled into a auto on Saturday evening and it's believed she was murdered soon after that.

"I can't express how sorry I feel for the loss of such a lovely girl who was quietly getting on with her young life", another donor said.

Gardai described Hennessy as 176 cm (5ft 9in), of slight build and balding.

Police sketches showed that on Saturday at around 5 p.m., Valdez left her workplace at a café in Bray and took a bus on her way home to Enniskerry.

He was wearing a dark coloured t-shirt, blue jeans and grey runners at the time.

Mark Hennessy 40 was shot dead by Gardaí at Cherrywood Business Park south Dublin on Sunday
Mark Hennessy 40 was shot dead by Gardaí at Cherrywood Business Park south Dublin on Sunday

Motorists who may have travelled in the South Dublin/North Wicklow area with dashcam footage are asked to make it available.

The memorial fund was set up by Outreach Ireland, a group of volunteers who are helping the outreach missions of the Philippine Embassy in Ireland.

"Any and all funds raised on this page will go directly to the parents of Jastine Valdez to help them in the weeks and months ahead".

Both her parents moved to Ireland in 1985 and had since then became naturalized Irish citizens.

It was established to "facilitate all of those who wish to offer support and sympathy" to Ms Valdez' family.

"The Valdez family have lost their only child, they are facing a situation that no person on this earth should have to face".

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