A FUNDRAISING appeal has been launched by a Limerick woman to financially assist the family of Janesboro man Jason Corbett, who was found dead in his North Carolina home last week.
The father of two was found dead at his home in the United States, on Monday morning with fatal head injuries.
Jason’s sister, Tracey Lynch, is in the US to bring his body home.
“We would like to be able to bring Jason home where he wanted to be buried with Mags. Jason was left bereft when she died, they were soulmates,” Tracey told the Limerick Leader. “My family want to honour the wishes of my brother.”
Jason, 39, moved to the US four years ago with his young children Sara and Jack, following the death of his first wife in 2006. Tracey was asked to be the children’s legal guardians, following the death of their mother, according to family friend Mary Fitzpatrick.
She was told that they are not returning from America without Jason, or without his two children, for whom they are gravely concerned. However, Jason’s children are now in custody of their stepmother, who is the chief suspect of the case.
Jason’s brother-in-law, David Lynch has called on the Government to step in. The Department of Foreign Affairs have offered their assistance to Jason’s family.
An investigation into the incident is still in progress.
The fundraising drive, entitled Jason’s Journey, which has been established by Mary Fitzpatrick and two friends – Simone Dillon and Catherine Bourke – is to help the family with the costly expenses.
Ms Fitzpatrick said that they are spending “thousands” on nine separate flights, four-figure expenditure on a retainer for legal aid, hiring a vehicle, accommodation and other expenses. She recognises the pain that the family is going through, as her eldest son died in an unprovoked attack in 1999, when he was 19.
“When I heard the devastating news that the family lost their son and brother, it actually hit home to me, because I too lost my son to murder in Limerick city, 16 years ago. He was a lovely young boy. And I was feeling what they were going through, and the more I thought about it, I started to think about the expenses that they were going through,” she said, adding that they have received support from Chief Superintendent David Sheahan for the campaign.
Contributions to Jason’s Journey can be made to the Permanent TSB branch in Dooradoyle. The account number in the name of Mary Fitzpatrick is 11240513 and the sort code is 990751.