'Whatever it takes, we'll get him home' - Family of another US victim reaches out to Corbetts

'Whatever it takes, we'll get him home' - Family of another US victim reaches out to Corbetts

By David Raleigh

The parents of a young man killed in a hit-and-run in New York two years ago are to foot the bill of repatriating another young Irish man's body home to his devastated family.

Jason Corbett, originally from Janesboro, Limerick, was killed during a domestic incident at his home in North Carolina, on August 2.

Three of Mr Corbett's seven siblings, who have flown to the States to repatriate his body home for burial, are also facing a legal battle to win custody of his son Jack, (10), and his daughter Sarah, (8), who are both Irish citizens.

The children are currently in the care of people who were allegedly at Mr Corbett's home on the night he died.

It has now emerged that Colin and Eithne Bell from Co Down, the parents of

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Kevin Bell, are to foot the bill of bringing his body back to Limerick for burial.

"We made the offer and the family have accepted it," said Colin Bell.

"We've contacted the undertaker in North Carolina with a view to taking (Jason's) body home. We don't have the details as of yet.

"Whatever it takes, we'll get him home."

Kevin Bell, 26, was killed in a tragic accident in New York in June 2013.

His death led to his parents establishing the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust, which offers financial assistance to bereaved families to repatriate bodies of their loved ones who have died abroad in sudden or tragic circumstances.

"Anybody who wants to contact us can do so through our website. All our details are online," Mr Bell said.

A group of friends of the Corbett family have set up a bank account for anyone wishing to donate financial assistance, by quoting "Mary Fitzpatrick (Jason's Journey)" at any TSB banking outlet.

Family friend, Mary Fitzpatrick, said that the Corbetts are facing "humongous" travel, accommodation, and legal costs.

"They had to pay a four-figure sum straight away to retain an attorney - that's without him providing any services at all," she said.

"Then there was money borrowed for the flights for them to go over to America. This is a working-class family. They have to pay for accommodation, and general living expenses."

"They have had to hire a car, and the legal expenses, as I have said is humongous," Ms Fitzpatrick added.

"Even if it's only €5 or €10, it will be gratefully received and it will go towards supporting this family," she said.

A Facebook page, Bring Jack and Sarah Home, has also been set up for people to share online.

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