Saturday 19 January 2019

Heartbroken John vows to honour Michaela's memory with charity trust

The heartbroken husband of Michaela McAreavey says his murdered wife made him "a stronger and better person".

John McAreavey has also revealed that a charitable trust will be set up in Michaela's memory as the family prepare for her month's mind Mass.

He thanked members of the public for all their support since the tragic murder of his wife in Mauritius on their honeymoon last month.

"From the enormous amount of support and kind words I have received in response to the tragic loss of my beautiful wife Michaela, it has struck me the way she lived her life has had a profound effect on many people," Co Down GAA player John said.

"The values that embodied Michaela's life seem to have captured the public's heart.

"For people to be aware of just how beautiful Michaela was in this regards fills me with great joy and pride."

Michaela's dad, Tyrone GAA football manager Mickey Harte, also expressed his gratitude for all the kind messages both families have received. He said that the charitable fund would reflect Michaela's strong principles.

"The fact that she has touched the lives of so many who never knew her but now feel that they do has encouraged both families, Hartes and McAreaveys, to put in place the formation of a trust/foundation to celebrate through her, the sound values which Michaela held dear."

Five suspects, all staff members of the Legends Hotel, where Michaela and John stayed, have been arrested in connection with the murder. One of them, security officer Seenarain Mungoo (39), is appearing in court today to discuss the accusation led against him, conspiracy, as local police believe he may be innocent of stealing the key to the honeymooners' suite.


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