NEWRY DEATHS: School 'deeply shocked' as names of mother and daughter are confirmed

NEWRY DEATHS: School 'deeply shocked' as names of mother and daughter are confirmed

THE bodies of Giselle Marimon-Herrera and her daughter, Allison, were found in Newry yesterday (Thursday).

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NEWRY High School's principal has paid tribute its pupil who was found dead yesterday.

Iestyn Brown's comments came after the PSNI confirmed the names of two of those who were found at the property at Glin Ree Court.

At a media facility held in Belfast on Friday, Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said: "Since yesterday morning, officers from a PSNI Major Investigation team have been conducting a murder enquiry, following the discovery of the bodies of three people at Glin Ree Court in Newry. 

"I can now confirm the identities of the two females who were found dead at the address. They are Giselle Marimon-Herrera who was 37 and her 15-year-old daughter Allison. The body of a 38 year old man was also found at the address. I am not able to confirm his identity at this stage.

"My thoughts today are very much with their families and friends who are trying to come to terms with their loss."

Det. Supt. Murphy confirmed that Giselle is from Columbia. She arrived in Northern Ireland around four years ago.

Her daughter, Allison, was born in Spain and has lived in Northern Ireland since 2017. She attended Newry High School.

"My thoughts today are also with the teachers and pupils who knew her," he added. "They too are trying to come to terms with Allison’s death. 

"I believe that Giselle and Allison were still alive in the early hours of Sunday morning but family members have not been able to contact them since. The exact circumstances of what happened in their home remains the subject of our investigation.

"I would appeal today to anyone who came into direct contact with either Giselle or Allison or communicated with them via text or social media since Friday to contact detectives in Newry." 

The principal of Newry High School, Mr Brown, said: “The entire Newry High School community is deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of our Year 11 pupil Allison.

"Allison was a talented, kind, courteous and well-mannered pupil with a beautiful smile. Both staff and pupils are profoundly saddened by her death and she will be remembered with great affection by her fellow pupils and staff alike.

"Our hearts go out to Allison’s family circle; they are foremost in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.”

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