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Parents' TV tribute to tragic Manuela

TRAGIC Manuela Riedo's parents will open up publicly for the first time on Irish television.

The heartbroken mother and father will arrive from Switzerland later this week, and mark the fourth anniversary of her death. They will travel along the same route that their daughter took to Galway before she was murdered.

Manuela (17) had just arrived in the city to learn English in early October 2007 when she was assaulted and killed.

Gerald Barry (30) of Mervue, Galway, is serving three life sentences for Manuela's murder and the rape of a young student in Galway.

Manuela's parents Hans Peter and Arlette Riedo are making a pilgrimage as a way to remember their daughter.

And towards the end of the week they will appear on TV3's Ireland AM to talk.

"They will be arriving in Dublin on Wednesday and making their way down to Galway for the concert and balloon release on Friday and the concert on Saturday," Tracey Ferguson, a representative for the Manuela Riedo Foundation said.

"They are going to make the same trip that she took -- exactly the same route," Ms Ferguson said.

"They feel they need to-- they are enriched by it and find it is spiritual. They feel she is here in Ireland.

"They love the people of Galway and it is a very positive event." The focus of the foundation will be extended to an all Ireland association.

It is aiming to raise €100,000 by the end of this year having reached the €75,000 mark.

This year the first conference about sexual assault for forensic professionals held outside Dublin will be held in Galway, part funded by the Foundation.

clairemurphy@herald.ie