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special girl Aunt of tragic teen Nóra Quoirin records new music in her memory

Nóra Quoirin was found dead in a Malaysian jungle 10 days after she vanished while on holiday

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Nora Quoirin (Lucie Blackman Trust/PA)

Nora Quoirin (Lucie Blackman Trust/PA)

Nora Quoirin (Lucie Blackman Trust/PA)

Nóra Quoirin's aunt has recorded new music in her memory.

The 15-year-old was found deceased in a jungle, 10 days after she vanished from a resort in Malaysia in August 2019.

Her aunt and godmother, Aisling Agnew is a flautist from Northern Ireland.

Taking to Twitter she shared her new song ‘Music For The Departed’, composed by Dave Flynn.

“This version of Music for the Departed was very kindly made by Dave so that I could play it at my niece's funeral in Belfast and I recorded it here exactly two years from that day.”

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Nora Quoirin (LBT/Family/PA)

Nora Quoirin (LBT/Family/PA)

Nora Quoirin (LBT/Family/PA)

“Nóra is my godchild and she was the most beautiful, funny, special girl,” she said in a dedication.

“She has always been my inspiration to try my best at things especially because she always had to try so hard. I wanted to play some music for her because Nóra had heard me playing the flute since before she was even born and on countless other occasions over the years.”

“She also heard her mum Meabh play the flute with Dave on another special occasion. I love her and miss her terribly, and playing this piece allows me to gently sit with that pain.”

50% of the proceeds from the single will be donated to LBT, a charity that provide support for families with a loved one missing, murdered or in crisis abroad.

Nóra, who was born with holoprosencephaly - a brain development disorder, vanished from a bedroom she was sharing with her brother and sister at a holiday resort in Kuala Lumpur.

When the family woke on the morning of August 4th 2019, they discovered that Nora was missing, while a large window in the family’s chalet was open. The teen was barefoot and wearing just underwear.

After a 10-day search, Nora’s body was found unclothed, beside a stream deep in the dense rain jungle 1.9km away from the resort.

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An autopsy found that the young girl died from internal bleeding, caused by stress and starvation, about three days before she was found.

An inquest into Nóra’s death initially ruled her cause of death as ‘accidental’.

The coroner, Maimoonah Aid, ruled out the possibility of foul play.

“After hearing all the relevant evidence, I rule that there was no one involved in the death of Nora Anne, it is more probable than not that she died by misadventure.”

She also cited that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding her disappearance, no ransom request and no signs that someone broke into the family’s accommodation.

The corner said that the schoolgirl left “on her own and subsequently got lost in the abandoned palm oil plantation.”

“For me to speculate and presume of her actions and involvement of a third party without any proof, that would be a breach of my duty so the inquiry is hereby closed.”

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Meabh Quoirin with her daughter Nora.

Meabh Quoirin with her daughter Nora.

Meabh Quoirin with her daughter Nora.

However, in July of this year, after campaigning by her parents Meabh and Sebastian Quoirin, a court overturned the outcome of the inquest and gave a verdict of ‘death by misadventure’.

High Court Judge Azizul Adnan said there was "no credible evidence to support any other verdict".

"I am of the view the verdict of misadventure ought to be vacated in the interests of justice and substituted as an open verdict," he said.

Her family believe that the young girl was abducted as her developmental disorder meant she had poor balance and coordination. They also believe that her unadventurous nature and emotional attachment to her parents meant that she would not have wandered into the unknown territory of the jungle alone.

While the overturning of the verdict does not automatically reopen the Police’s investigation into Nóra’s death, the family remain hopeful about getting justice for their daughter.

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