Finance — June 26, 2017 at 2:20 pm

Heartbroken friends of British holidaymaker murdered in Goa raise money to bring body home

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Heartbroken friends of a British holidaymaker who was murdered in the Indian state of Goa are raising funds to bring her body home.

Danielle McLaughlin’s naked body was found in a field a few miles away from a beach where she had attended a party during Holi celebrations.

She had suffered injuries to her head and face, and police arrested a man who was allegedly seen with her at a bar earlier that night.

A GoFundMe page set up following her death has raised more than £23,000 to help her family cover the costs of repatriating her body, the Irish Mirror reports.

Ms McLaughlin, who was from Buncrana, Co Donegal, Ireland, before living and studying in Liverpool, left Ireland last month to go travelling. She was travelling on a British passport.

CCTV footage showed some of her final movements as she walked in the street on Monday.

Her body was found in an isolated area in Canacona the following morning.

Police have charged local man Vikat Bhagat, 22, with murder.

Friend Christy Duffy, who set up the GoFundMe page, said: “There’s not really much anyone can say at the moment as I know we are all completely devastated.

“This fund is to assist the repatriation and funeral expenses for our friend Danielle who was tragically taken from us all too soon this week.

“This fundraiser is to help her family with the added costs of having someone with her when she returns and to give her the send off she deserves.

“There is nothing I need to say about Danielle as anyone who knew her, knew that she was a beautiful and kind hearted, funny young lady who loved life and was a loyal and devoted friend, sister and daughter.

“They say the brightest stars burn the quickest and no other analogy could describe Danielle’s life better, on behalf of her family thanks in advance for the donations and keep on smiling as Danielle would have wanted.”

The family have appealed for privacy through local Senator Padraig Mac Lochlainn of Sinn Fein who met with Danielle’s mum Andrea on Wednesday.

The Senator from Donegal said: “The people of Buncrana and Inishowen are united in grief with the McLaughlin family at the loss of their daughter and sister. This is a tragic loss and Danielle is in all of our thoughts and prayers.

“The McLaughlin family must be given room and come to terms with their loss and they will come forward when they feel it is time.”

Padraig added that the sense of grief in the town of Buncrana was palpable.

"People are just distraught that this had happened. They are numb.

"But the one thing about Buncrana and its people is that they will come together and unite behind the McLaughlin family."

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