The grieving athlete and her widowed mother consoled one another as Daniel Kerrigan’s casket was carried into St. Patrick’s Church in New York.
In a statement, Kerrigan, 40, revealed her father was “my support… behind me always”. She has publicly praised her dedicated father for doing whatever he could to help his daughter follow her skating dreams as a child.
Her older brother Mark was noticeably absent from the ceremony – police prohibited the 45 year old from attending amid accusations he assaulted his father moments before he died.
Police found Daniel Kerrigan unconscious in the kitchen of the family’s Stoneham, Massachusetts home on Sunday (24Jan10) after receiving an emergency call reporting a “sudden death”.
Mark Kerrigan appeared in court on Monday (25Jan10) and pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on an elderly person and causing serious bodily injury. The case continues.