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Body of student Nicola Furlong to be flown home from Japan

The 21-year-old student was found dead in a hotel room in Tokyo after attending a Nicki Minaj concert in the city. She is believed to have been strangled.

The Keio Plaza Hotel in Shinjuku, Tokyo
The Keio Plaza Hotel in Shinjuku, Tokyo
Image: davinelulinvega via Flickr/Creative Commons

THE BODY OF 21-year-old DCU student Nicola Furlong is to be flown home from Japan today, one week after she was found dead in a hotel room in Tokyo.

The Wexford student was killed hours after she and a friend had attended Nicki Minaj concert in the city. An autopsy indicated she may have been strangled.

Two American men, aged 19 and 23, are being held by police in connection with the death of the 21-year-old. The two men were also charged with indecent assault on the student’s 21-year-old female friend, the Japan Times reports.

Nicola Furlong, who was studying Business and Japanese at DCU, had been studying in Japan for a year at the Takasaki City University of Economics in Tokyo.

The parents of both women have appealed for the families’ privacy to be respected.

Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported that the two American men approached the two students after they reportedly missed a train home after the concert. The four had travelled to the Keio Plaza Hotel in Shinjuku.

A hotel employee is believed to have found Furlong on the floor in a hotel room after responding to a complaint about loud noise coming from one room in the early hours of Thursday morning.

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