'We would love if she was here to have children, get married' – friends of murdered Danielle McLaughlin pay tribute on 30th birthday

FRIENDS and family of an Irish woman that was murdered in India have asked the public to do a random act of kindness in honor of what would have been her 30th birthday.

Danielle McLaughlin from Buncrana in Co Donegal was 28 years old when she was found dead in a secluded spot in Canacona, an area of Goa popular with holidaymakers, in March 2017.

Loved ones posted on the ‘Truth for Danielle McLaughlin’ Facebook page that they wanted to celebrate her 30th birthday in a positive light this week.

According to her friends and family, turning 30 was something that the young backpacker “dreaded”, as it was the “day she would turn officially old in her eyes”.

“It used to scare her to even think about leaving her twenties, we would love if she was here to actually be allowed to age, have children, get married, tease her about aging but we can’t so instead.. we decided it didn’t have to be a negative thing and that we couldn’t make something positive come out of her thirtieth birthday,” they said.

“Just like she believed something good will always come out of something bad so here we are. Missing someone always and wishing they were here..”

They added that they would like people to “pay the kindness forward” in memory of Danielle’s positivity.

“However, in Danielle’s memory, we are asking everyone to do a simple favour… pay it forward.

“All we want is for this week to even do one random act of kindness to a stranger/loved one even something as small and reminding a loved one that you love them and appreciate them(you never know the last time you will be able to do that as we sadly had to learn.)

“Tell then why you are doing this- for such a bright light being taken away abruptly’s memory to live on.

“We are doing a random act of kindness in Danielle McLaughlin’s memory, will you?”

They shared a list of ideas for random acts of kindness, including donating to charity, visiting a sick friend and offering up a seat.

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