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Hoax call: Nurse's body to be flown to her hometown

Dec 16, 2012 08:27 AM IST India India

Mumbai: The body of Indian-origin nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who committed suicide over the royal hoax call, will be flown to Mangalore on Sunday afternoon and the funeral will be held on Monday in her hometown Shirva. On Saturday, another memorial service was held outside Westminster Cathedral.

The 46-year-old nurse was found dead at her apartment near the King Edward hospital on last Friday. She had left three suicide notes on which her family is seeking an independent probe. Her husband Benedict Barboza said, "The events of the past week have shattered our lives and we barely have the strength to withstand the grief and sorrow. We could not have foreseen this unprecedented tragedy that has unfolded in our lives. Want to thank the police for a fair investigation."

The nurse's grieving children on Saturday paid an emotional tribute to their mother, saying her death has left an "unfulfillable void" in their lives. "We will miss your laughter and loving smile and memories we had together. The house is empty," said Jacintha Saldanha's daughter Lisha, 14, and son Junal, 16, in a joint tribute read out on their behalf during a mass held at Westminster Cathedral.

Saldanha had transferred a prank call from two DJs of an Australian radio station, believing they were the Queen and Prince of Wales, to a colleague who described in detail the condition of Kate during her hospital stay for severe pregnancy sickness. Later, she was found hanging in her nurses' quarters at King Edward VII's Hospital by a colleague and a security guard on December 7.

Meanwhile, a private memorial service was held at the hospital where staff gathered to pay their respects to Saldanha.

With Additional Inputs from PTI