Family of Karen Buckley issue message of thanks to all those who have supported them

A mass marking the first anniversary of her death was held on Friday

Family of Karen Buckley issue message of thanks to all those who have supported them

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The grieving family of Karen Buckley have issued a message of gratitude to all those in Ireland and Scotland, who have supported them following their daughter's tragic death.

Karen Buckley was murdered after she attended a nightclub in Glasgow last year. She was initially reported missing on April 12 and her body was discovered on a farm on the outskirts of the city following a four-day search.

Alexander Pacteau was jailed for 23 years after he pleaded guilty to her murder in August. A Buckley family statement was published in the Irish Examiner on Saturday which read:

"We wish to express our sincere gratitude to the very many people who went out of their way to help and support us at the time of her death and ever since. It was, and continues to be, very much appreciated by all of us and our extended family."

"We are indebted to the professionalism and great courtesy of the Scottish police and our own Garda Siochana for all the help we received in coping with the terrible tragedy; to the Scottish people who held a vigil for Karen in Glasgow and prayed with us."

"To everybody who has shared our terrible loss please accept this acknowledgement of our profound gratitude."

The family also paid tribute to Father Joe O'Keefe and described him as a "rock of support and a true friend".

Some 200 people attended her anniversary mass in Analeentha, Co Cork,