Jason Corbett, 39, who was originally from Limerick, was found with fatal head injuries at the home he shared in the US with his second wife, Molly Martens Corbett, and his two children, Jack, 11, and Sarah, 9, from his first marriage. The domestic incident occurred at his Wallburg home in North Carolina on August 2.
A police investigation by Davidson County was completed last week after being delayed on several occasions. The case is now with the District Attorney’s office, which will determine whether it will go before a grand jury.
Tracey Lynch spoke in depth for the first time since her brother Jason’s death about the family’s devastating sudden loss.
It was revealed in a post on the Bring Justice for Jason Facebook page and in a local newspaper that the children are adjusting to life well in Limerick again.
“His children have been left orphans and will never have their daddy to guide them through life,” said Ms Ryan. “Sarah can never have her daddy walk her up the aisle when she marries. We have all lost so much and are trying to come to terms with never seeing Jason again.”
Following a protracted legal battle by Ms Martens Corbett and her family to keep Jason’s children, in the US, where they had lived for the last four years, Jack and Sarah returned to Ireland last August to live with their aunt Tracey and uncle David Lynch, who are their legal guardians.
The children’s mother Mags, died in 2006 following a fatal asthma attack.
Ms Martens Corbett, 31 along with her father Tom, a retired FBI agent, are persons of interest in the investigation of Jason’s violent death, and have been interviewed by officers several times since August. It is believed Jason was hit with a baseball bat at his home.
Limerick mayor Jerry O’Dea presented the family with copies of the book of condolence as a mark of respect to Mr Corbett, which he hopes “may ease their pain in the years ahead”, in a private ceremony in Limerick City Hall, attended by up to 50 members of the wider family and many of Jason’s friends.
More than 1,200 people signed an online book of condolences opened by Limerick City and County Council.
Ms Lynch added: “I don’t think I can put it into words the impact that something like this can have on your life. But you certainly find a strength that you never thought you would have to help you cope.
“This year, [Christmas] is going to be very difficult but we’re going to spend it together as a family, so we’ll do our best. The kids are the most important thing, and we’ll give them as good a Christmas as they should have. Most importantly it will be filled with love.”
Commenting on the police investigation and of their confidence in the District Attorney’s office Mrs Lynch added: “The District Attorney is hopeful that something will progress before Christmas. We have confidence in the DA’s office and Davidson County Sheriff’s Department. From the minute we met the DCSD, they were very respectful, kind and empathetic with us.
“We felt only confidence and it hasn’t changed at all. We believe they’ve done a good job, it’s just waiting to see what decision the District Attorney Garry Frank makes.
“We trust in the US justice system and that the truth will come out. We want justice for Jason. He has lost all opportunity of the life he should have had.”