Jastine Valdez laid to rest in her native Philippines

Jastine Valdez has been laid to rest in her native Philippines, six weeks after she was brutally murdered.

She was abducted and killed by Mark Hennessy who later died in a garda shooting.

Ms Valdez was laid to rest in her hometown of Aritao today, in-keeping with Filipino custom, which holds that the soul leaves the body after 40 days.

Yesterday, a mass has been held in Dublin to remember Ms Valdez.

Honorary Consul of the Philippines in Ireland, Mark Congdon, says he has been keeping in touch with the Valdez family.

"I'm in regular contact with them [Jastine's family] by phone and by messaging etc.," he said.

"Obviously they're finding it very, very difficult, particularly coming up to the funeral service tomorrow but they are very thankful

"I attended the mass and obviously so many Filipinos attended as well and they were very thankful that the mass was held in honour of Jastine and it meant a lot to them," he said.

- Digital Desk[/i[

Related Articles

No links found between Jastine Valdez murderer and other serious crimes

Mass held in Dublin to remember Jastine Valdez

Latest: Gardaí renew appeal for Jastine Valdez' bag and appeal for witnesses

Jastine Valdez's body expected to be flown home to the Philippines by next week

More in this Section

Man arrested after cocaine seizure in Dublin

Taoiseach disappointed by Peter Fitzpatrick's decision not to contest next election

Status Yellow weather advisory warns of spot flooding

Irish Government hails Kofi Annan as 'voice for international peace'

More From The Irish Examiner