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Funeral of murdered mother and daughter takes place

The funeral of a mother and daughter murdered in Newry earlier this month took place in Belfast on Friday afternoon. 

The bodies of 37 year old Giselle Marimon-Herrera and her 15-year-old daughter, Allison, were discovered on 7 March at an apartment in Glinn Ree Court in the city. 

Police confirmed that Newry High pupil, Allison, had been strangled and that there was a “strong possibility” her mother had died in the same way.

The body of 38-year-old Russell Steele, was also found at the scene. He died from hanging.  Police initially began a murder inquiry, but said they were not seeking “anyone else” in relation to the deaths.

Relatives of the murdered women travelled from Columbia for the service at Roselawn Crematorium in Belfast at 3pm on Friday afternoon. 

SDLP councillor Michael Savage said the funeral service represented “a very sad end to a very sad episode in Newry”.

In a statement released through the PSNI, Ms Marimon-Herrera’s family thanked the Newry community for their kindness and support.

The principal of Newry High School Iestyn Brown described Allison as a “talented, kind, courteous and well-mannered pupil with a beautiful smile”, who would be remembered with great affection by fellow pupils and staff.