GoFundMe page set up for parents of murdered Jastine Valdez raises over €15,000 in 24 hours
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GoFundMe page set up for parents of murdered Jastine Valdez raises over €15,000 in 24 hours

A FUNDRAISING campaign set up to help the parents of murdered abduction victim Jastine Valdez has already raised over €15,000.

A body understood to belong to the 24-year-old was found in the Puck's Castle area of south Co. Dublin shortly after 4pm on Monday.

The Phillipines national was last seen alive on Saturday evening when she was bundled into the back of an SUV in Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow - where she had lived with her parents for three years.

Her suspected kidnapper Mark Hennessy, 40, a married father-of-two from nearby Bray, was shot dead by Gardaí in Dublin on Sunday night.

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Suspected kidnapper Mark Hennessy, 40, was shot dead by Gardaí in south Dublin on Sunday (Image: Facebook)

A GoFundMe page set up by Raymond Garrett on behalf of Outreach Ireland has already exceeded its goal of €10,000.

The online fundraiser reads: "Jastine Valdez was an only child taken from her parents at the age of 24 in the most unimaginable circumstance.

"Born in the Philippines she came to Ireland to study and to join her parents who are now naturalised Irish citizens. Both parents work and are active in the community.

"This page was set up to facilitate all of those who wish to offer support and sympathy to the family of Jastine Valdez following her devastating death".

Jastine's parents Danillo and Teresita are said to be "inconsolable" at the loss of their daughter and are being supported by the Garda Victim Liaison Office.

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Jastine Valdez's body was found near an abandoned golf course in south Co. Dublin on Monday afternoon

The couple moved to Ireland in 1985 from the province of Nueva Vizcaya, before Jastine - who had been living with her grandparents - moved over to Wicklow to live with them in 2015.

The GoFundMe page adds: "The Valdez family have lost their only child, they are facing a situation that no person on this earth should have to face.

"They are parents saying goodbye to their child. The circumstances on how they lost their daughter are public knowledge and are in the link below so reciting an account will serve no purpose.

"Any and all funds raised on this page will go directly to the parents of Jastine Valdez to help them in the weeks and months ahead."

Paying tribute to Jastine on the page, one donor wrote: "Such upsetting news and my heart goes out to poor Jastine's family. May she rest in peace".

Another added: "I am sad, angry and wondering why an attack of such violence was made on Jastine in this country? RIP."

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You can donate to the Valdez family fund here