The search for missing University of Limerick student Robert Funk has been suspended following the discovery of Inis Orr’s body on Monday, reports The Mirror.
The 23-year-old international student from Germany went missing on Sunday, November 5 and was last seen in the Dromero Village area of the University of Limerick.
Robert was pursuing a master’s degree in European studies and had a large group of friends at the university who searched the campus and surrounding areas and put up posters around town after news of his disappearance.
An Garda Síochána spokesman on Monday confirmed the discovery of a body in Inis Orre, Galway’s smallest town in the Aran Islands, following an extensive search that covered the riverbank along the university, reports The Mirror.
Following the heartbreaking news, online tributes poured in from Robert’s classmates and friends.
On Friday, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Limerick, Professor Kirstin May, paid tribute to Robert following the sad news of his death, offering condolences to Robert’s family, classmates, roommates and friends in Ireland and Germany.
In an email to staff and students, Professor Mey wrote: “It is my very sad duty today to inform you of the death of a much-loved member of our community Robert Funke from Germany who was in his first year of an MA in European Studies. Our sincerest condolences go to Robert’s parents, Sebastian and Monika, and to his brother Julius. Our sympathies go out to all of Robert’s classmates and lecturers, to his housemates, friends and fellow UL students. We think also of his friends and family in Germany who will be devastated by his loss. Ruhe in Frieden Robert,” reports The Mirror.
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