The funeral of Natalie McNally, who was murdered earlier this month at her home in Lurgan, was held today.
The 32-year-old was 15 weeks pregnant with her first child – a baby boy – when she was stabbed on December 18.
Natalie’s funeral was held this morning at 11am at her family home, with burial afterwards in the city’s St Colman’s Cemetery.
Police investigating her murder have released CCTV footage of a male suspect walking in the Silverwood Green area where Ms McNally lived at the time of her death.
Crimestoppers has also offered a £20,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.
On Christmas Day, her brother Brendan took to social media to make a heartfelt appeal to “stop this violence against girls and women.”
Alongside pictures of Natalie, he also wrote: “My dear sister Natalie, whom I have watched grow up since we were children.
“So smart, strong, independent and capable – cats, dogs, just understand the things no one else could.
“There’s a part of me I’ll never get back now.”
He also urged people to consider making a donation to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, saying it’s a cause close to his sister’s heart.
Another of Natalie’s brothers, Niall, speaking on behalf of the family at a news conference Thursday, said his sister was the “life and soul of her family” and her killer “denied her the opportunity to be a mother.”
“Nats was the only girl in our family and we treated her like a princess,” he added.
“Nevertheless, she was a highly independent young woman who worked in marketing for Translink, was passionate about her faith, and loved her animals and music. We were so proud of their many achievements.
“My mum and dad, Noel and Bernadette, my two brothers Brendan and Declan and I are all absolutely devastated that she is no longer with us and really can’t believe we will never see her beautiful smile or her again contagious laughter will be heard .
“I can’t really put into words the heartbreak we are going through.
“She was the life and soul of our family and we are heartbroken that she will not sit at the table with us this Christmas day or any other day.
“Nats really was the best sister ever and such a lovely person. She had so many friends and would have done anything for anyone.
“She had a heart of gold and to add to our unbearable grief we are devastated that we will never meet Natalie’s baby.
Ms McNally’s family and friends held a vigil on Friday where guests gave speeches and released balloons in memory of her and her unborn baby.
Julie Flaherty, councilor for local Ulster Unionists, said she was with Natalie’s family over Christmas.
“I don’t want to describe to you the heartache and devastation of this small home,” she said.
“If there’s anything we can do as a community to help this family… think about it… someone can help.
“Somebody always knows something. Someone saw something. Someone heard something. If that “someone” is you, then let them know.
“On the other hand, as I was told years ago… ‘Keep her name on the lips of the living.’
“Her name is Natalie.”
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