The father of a 10-year-old girl who was kidnapped, raped and then killed by an Irish teenager has revealed he is “pretty happy” to be home.
The father of 11-yearold Keisha Kavanagh said he had returned to Ireland to find his daughter’s body.
Her body was found by gardaí in Dublin’s Kingsmill district on November 13 last year.
She had been abducted in a car on Dublin’s Ring Road on November 14 and sexually assaulted.
A judge said that, on her deathbed, Keisha was “incomprehensible”.
“She was a very bright child, she was very talented, she loved to read and play football,” she was reported as saying in the Irish Independent.
“I hope I’ve done something to change her life, but I know I can’t, but at least I am here.”‘
I’m not sure’ about father’s claimKeisha’s father, Keith Kavanach, said he would “probably” seek legal advice.
“My son is not sure what happened to her,” he told the Irish Examiner.
“She’s not the sort of girl who would do something like this.”
Keisha is a smart, funny, happy girl who loved to learn about all sorts of things.
“Her life was a miracle.”‘
She was such a bright, bright child’The girl’s family had initially tried to bury Keisha’s body at an undisclosed location in the US.
Her father said he wanted to return to the US, but was unable to afford to do so.
“When I heard she was gone, I just had to put it in the ground,” he said.
“If I hadn’t been here, she’d probably have died.”‘
It’s not a question of money’The Irish Independent understands that Keisha had moved to the United States in 2013 and was studying in New York at the time of her disappearance.
She had worked as a freelance writer for the New York Times and had been on a trip to New York City for the last two years, Mr Kavanaches said.
Keisha, a first-year student at Irish Central College, had travelled to Ireland from the US for the first time after a move to New Jersey in 2011.
She was last seen in the vicinity of her home on the Kingsmill Road in Dublin, where she was last heard from.
Her family said they had been in contact with garda authorities in Ireland, but no further information was given.
A statement read by Keisha Sayers mother said she was “broken”.
“I can’t imagine my family being through this.
It’s not just my daughter, but my whole family.””
I’m still reeling from the loss of my daughter.”