Home UK World Politics US Ocean Rescue Science & Tech Business Ents & Arts Travel Offbeat Analysis Opinion Sky Views Videos Weather Watch Live Nora Quoirin described as gentle and innocent at funeral following death in Malaysian jungle The 15-year-old from London was found dead 10 days after disappearing from her hotel room while on a family holiday in Malaysia. By Tania Snuggs, news reporter
image/svg+xml Why you can trust Sky News A vulnerable teenager from London who died in a Malaysian jungle has been described at her funeral as “gentle and innocent”.
Fifteen-year-old Nora Quoirin, who had learning difficulties, went missing from her hotel room on 4 August during a family holiday in the resort of Dusun.
Her parents claimed she had been abducted, insisting she would not have wandered off alone – but police in the country said they found no evidence of foul play.
Family and friends of Nora Quoirin gathered in Belfast to say farewell in the church where she was baptised as a baby, St Brigids.
Nora Quoirin: Tributes paid to gentle, innocent Wandsworth girl
A post-mortem examination revealed she died from internal bleeding, probably caused by hunger and stress.
On Tuesday her body was cremated and a service held at the church in Belfast where she was baptised as a baby.
Addressing a large congregation at St Brigids, Father Edward ODonnell – who was joined by Noras great uncle, Father Pat Kelly – described her as “very special” as well as “gentle and innocent”.
Nora Quoirin funeral: Mourners told she was a special girl whose death brought unspeakable pain
He said: “Nora brought so much joy to Meabh and Sebastien, to her sister, Innes, and to Maurice her brother, and to those of the wider family circle.
“She, as we all know, depended greatly on others but, Nora in turn gifted others with immeasurable love and joy – before such an ability we can only feel gratitude.”
Father ODonnell said Noras death was “tragic” – and that the packed church was “united in the unspeakable pain of Noras death” – and had “wordless sympathy” for her family.
He continued: “I ask myself, as surely you must do: What is the meaning of this terrible pain that has been inflicted on Noras family?
“We have, have we not, found ourselves wondering: if God is good and has for us the love that no human love can match, why then is there such suffering in our world?
He concluded: “Meabh and Sebastien, Innes and Maurice – remember Noras love for you, and know that she still loves you, and as you continue to love her, love one another.”
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