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'Still Grieving' Mum of tragic Jastine Valdez says Ashling Murphy's death caused her 'deep pain'

Ms Valdez (24) was abducted and later murdered by Mark Hennessy after getting off a bus in Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow in May 2018.

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Jastine Valdez

Jastine Valdez

Jastine Valdez

The family of tragic Jastine Valdez have offered their “heartfelt condolences” to murdered schoolteacher Ashling Murphy’s loved ones.

Ms Valdez, a 24-year-old business administration graduate of Portobello Institute, was abducted and later murdered by Mark Hennessy shortly after getting off a bus in Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, at approximately 6.15pm on May 19th, 2018.

Her body was found two days later in Rathmichael, Co. Dublin.

Hennessy (40) was shot dead by gardaí during his arrest.

Jastine’s parents, Thessie and Danilo, have admitted that they “don’t know what to say” to Ashling Murphy’s family after the 23-year-old was killed while out for a jog in Tullamore last month.

The grieving parents told The Irish Times that they still have not recovered from their daughter’s death.

“When I heard about it, I could not breathe and I felt a really deep pain in my heart. I thought of my daughter right away. I don’t know what to say to them because until now we still have not recovered from the pain,” Thessie said.

“When I heard about it, I could not breathe and I felt a really deep pain in my heart. I thought of my daughter right away. I don’t know what to say to them because until now we still have not recovered from the pain,” Thessie said.

“To be honest, we are still grieving and we think of Jastine all the time. So I cannot see how can we encourage Ashling’s parents that life must go on when we ourselves have not and can never move on.”

Thessie continued: “We hope the support from your loved ones bring you peace during this difficult time.

“We want you to know that although the grief never fully goes away, [it] just takes a different shape.

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“You do learn to cope with it and carry on over time. Some day you will learn to find comfort from the great moments that you were able to have with her before she was taken too soon,” she added.

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