Mother pays tribute to murdered Goa backpacker as suspect is pictured

File image of a beach in Goa.                     Image Shutterstock  PavelVolkov

He appeared in court in India on Wednesday charged with her murder.

Although Bhagat confessed to the crime, the police are now trying to find out if he had any accomplices.

On Monday, Holi celebrations were organized at the place, and the Mclaughlin was among those who attended the party along with her friends.

Andrea Brannigan, the victim's mother, told the Press Association: "The family would like to express our thanks to all who have got in touch since receiving this bad news". It is believed Bhagat killed McLaughlin with a broken beer bottle to prevent her from revealing his identity.

A murder investigation has been launched in India after the body of the 28-year-old was found in the state of Goa.

Her mother, Andrea Brannigan, said she would be "sadly missed by all".

A post-mortem examination is to be carried out which will reportedly determine if sexual assault charges are put to the suspect.

Local media say she didn't have any clothes on and had marks on her head and face.

Fr John Walsh, the parish priest in Buncrana, where her family lives, said that McLaughlin's mother had suffered several tragedies.

She also thanked the Irish and British consulates for their support.

'Danielle will be sadly missed by us all'. "The body was lying in a pool of blood and there were injuries to the head and face". "Off on another adventure" the day she flew to Goa in February.

"I met the young lady in question a few months ago at the time that her grandfather was gravely ill and she was very close to her grandfather, who subsequently died".

Rosalee Grant, principal at Scoil Mhuire, where Ms McLaughlin went to school, described her past pupil as a "lovely, happy go lucky student".

"She seemed a happy-go-lucky, friendly, quiet girl".

Sinn Féin senator Padraig MacLochlainn also said Ms McLaughlin's death had united the people of Buncrana and Inishowen in grief.

Ms McLaughlin, the eldest of five daughters, was found dead by a farmer in a secluded spot in Canacona, a popular area for holidaymakers in the south of the Indian state. I didn't know you but I'm sending thoughts to your family and friends at this disgusting time. A bar that she worked at in Liverpool, The Pumphouse in Albert Dock, posted a tribute to her on Facebook.

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