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Kerrigan’s father laid to rest

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.

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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.

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