People of Dundalk help raise €21,390 for Sasaki family
The people of Dundalk helped to raise an incredible €21,390 following the tragic murder of Japanese national Yosuke Sasaki in January.
The 24-year-old died after being stabbed as he made his way home from work in National Pen on the morning of January 3rd.
In the wake of an incident which shocked the nation former local councillor Oliver Morgan set up a GoFundMe campaign to help pay for the repatriation of Mr Sasaki’s body back to his family in the Japanese city of Ebina-shi.
The initial goal was €2,000 but Mr Morgan revealed last night that the final total achieved was €21,390. When fees to GoFundMe are accounted for, this means that the Sasaki family will receive a total of €19,269.95.
Commenting on the matter, Morgan said: “It gives me great pleasure to announce that with all the diplomatic procedures now at an end, I can finally declare that a fantastic total of €21,390 of a €2,000 goal has been achieved to help the Sasaki family with the repatriation of Yosuke’s body back to Japan.
“However, with commission taken out by the GoFundMe organisation, the final total stands at €19,269.95. This is a fantastic testament to you all here on Facebook, Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland, those of you who made substantial private donations, and the whole world over in showing solidarity with the Sasaki family by your many generous donations.
“Special thanks to Darren Murphy and another special Facebook friend of mine, who wishes to remain anonymous, in suggesting the setting up of the page. Depending on how soon GoFundMe release the funds it is hoped that I will transfer the monies raised to the Sasaki family within the next number of days. I will keep you all posted on final developments,” said Morgan.
Mohamed Morei has been charged with the murder of Yosuke Sasaki in Dundalk on January 3rd 2018 but has yet to face trial as he receives treatment in the Central Mental Hospital in Dublin.