Two families divided by the Atlantic ocean gathered over the weekend to mark the first anniversary of the death of a father of two who died as a result of a violent row in his home.
Jason Corbett, originally from Limerick, was found with fatal head injuries at the home he shared in the US with his second wife, Molly Martens Corbett in Walburg, North Carolina on August 2, last year.
American Molly Martens Corbett, 32, and her father Tom, 65, a retired FBI agent are charged with one count each of second degree murder and voluntary manslaughter of the business executive by Davidson County District Attorney’s Office in January this year.
Mr Corbett died after being bludgeoned to death with a baseball bat and paving stone.
The father and daughter have formally lodged not guilty pleas.
Their trial is expected to take place early next year.
Over the weekend the extended Corbett family gathered in Quilty and Spanish Point in Co Clare to remember Jason and his first wife Mags as the pair spent many happy times there when alive.
In a Facebook post on the official Justice for Jason page they remembered the popular man by saying: “We gather to remember the big and the little things that made a special place in our heart.
“To remember those happy times when we laughed and those times when our hearts broke as one. We gather to share the pain.
“To hurt when you hurt without presuming that our pain is the same. To cry when you cry and not try to hide or avoid our tears. For who can ever take away the pain?”
The extended Martens family also gathered in Knoxville, Tennessee, where Molly Martens Corbett grew up.
The family declined to comment on how they were feeling on the the first anniversary of that fatal night.
The only public comment was on Ms Martens Corbett’s Facebook page was made on July 19 saying, “thank you to everyone who so swiftly informed me of yet another attempt to hack into the remnants of my life with a fake Facebook profile.”
Mr Corbett’s two children from his first marriage were in the house at the time of his death.
The children’s biological mother Mags, died in 2006 following an asthma attack.
Eleven-year-old Jack and Sarah, 9, are now living in Limerick with their legal guardians, Tracey and David Lynch who are the children’s aunt and uncle, following a protracted legal battle by Molly Martens Corbett and her family.
Ms Martens Corbett moved to Limerick from the US, firstly as the children’s nanny, and subsequently married Mr Corbett.
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