Denise Morgan, the Irish mother who was tragically killed in a suspected murder-suicide in New York, will be laid to rest according to recently released funeral details. The 39-year-old from Co Louth was fatally shot by her partner Joed Taveras, 33, at her apartment in Queens.
According to the authorities, Taveras’ body was discovered beside a gun at the scene. It is believed that he fatally shot Denise in the early hours of October 21, before taking his own life. Denise, who hailed from Tullyallen, Drogheda, is survived by her nine-year-old daughter, Mollie, parents, siblings (Lisa, 41, Shannon, 24, and John, 36), as well as her nieces and nephews (Kayleigh, 19, Roisin, four, and Kayden, eight). Having lived in New York on and off for over a decade, Denise will be deeply missed by her loved ones.
Last week, Denise’s family embarked on a journey to New York to retrace her steps. They visited The Cottage Bar and Restaurant, the Irish pub where Denise worked in Forest Hills, and caught up with her former colleagues. Additionally, they organized a memorial at St Teresa’s Church in Sunnyside, Queens, which was attended by many.
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With the support of a GoFundMe campaign that raised over £30,000 to bring her remains back to Ireland, Denise’s body was returned home on Tuesday. Her funeral has been scheduled for Saturday, November 4, at 11am, and will take place at the Church of the Assumption in Tullyallen. Following the service, Denise will be laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
The service, which will be streamed live on the Mellifont Parish Tullyallen Facebook page, will be presided over by the parish priest Fr. Sean Dooley. Denise’s home will be open for repose on Thursday from 3pm until 7pm and on Friday from 2pm until 7pm. The family has requested that the house remain private at all other times. Only family members are asked to send flowers, but those who wish to make a donation are encouraged to do so to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust.
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The passing of Denise has left her loved ones in both Ireland and the US completely devastated. Through an online book of condolence, members of the public have expressed their sympathies to the family, sharing heartfelt tributes. One individual wrote: “It’s difficult to express the sorrow I feel for the tragic loss of your daughter, sister, niece, and friend. Words simply cannot do justice.”
One commenter expressed their condolences, saying, “My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this heartbreaking time.” Meanwhile, Bikers Against Domestic Violence paid tribute to Denise by placing purple balloons on her fence in Forest Hills, leaving flowers, and delivering a moving speech in her honor. They also announced that this memorial drive will become an annual event to remember her legacy.
The NYPD organized a candlelit vigil on Monday in remembrance of Denise and other victims of domestic violence. The vigil held even more significance as October is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. According to Lisa and Shannon Morgan, Denise’s two sisters, Denise had plans to move back to an apartment that was previously rented out to her by a close friend. She felt secure and supported in that space. Additionally, Denise was excited to celebrate her 40th birthday on December 28 in Las Vegas. Her sisters shared that she was eager for a fresh start and looking forward to a new life.
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