PETALING JAYA: The grieving family of Nora Anne Quoirin has paid tribute to the teenager, saying she had “truly touched the whole world”.
“Nora has brought people together, especially from France, Ireland, Britain and Malaysia, united in their love and support for her and her family, ” they said.
Conveying their gratitude to all those who had searched for the Irish teenager, who was of British and French descent, the family said: “We thank the local people here and those far and wide for their prayers and support at this time.
“To all our friends and family at home, we can’t thank you enough for all your love, ” they added in a statement posted on British charity group The Lucie Blackman Trust’s Facebook page.
“Nora is at the heart of our family. She is the truest, most precious girl and we love her infinitely. The cruelty of her being taken away is unbearable. Our hearts are broken.”“We will always love our Nora, ” they added.
A search and rescue team found Nora Anne’s remains in a ravine at 1.57pm on Tuesday some 2.5km from the resort where her family had checked in on Aug 3.
The teenager, who had learning difficulties, was discovered missing on Aug 4 from the resort where she and her parents Sebastian Marie Philipe and Meabh Jaseprine Quoirin and siblings Innes Julia and Maurice Arthure were supposed to start their two-week holiday.
A window in the room Nora Anne was staying in with her siblings, which could only be opened from the inside, was found ajar.
Yesterday, lawyer Sankara N. Nair said the teenager’s family was “shattered” by the discovery of the body.
“They are distraught and highly traumatised, ” said Sankara, who was engaged by the family on the second day after Nora Anne’s disappearance.
“This is very unfortunate.”
He added that the family would decide their next course of action after the post-mortem.
“We haven’t discussed that. Perhaps later, ” he told reporters at the Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital mortuary here yesterday.
He also said a report would be forwarded to the Attorney General’s Chambers after the post-mortem was completed.
“The AG will decide if there is a need for an inquest, ” Sankara said, explaining that sudden death cases would usually call for an inquest.