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Funeral of Philippines stabbing man held in Fraserburgh

John MacDonald
Image caption John MacDonald died in the Philippines on Sunday 5 September

The funeral of an Aberdeenshire man stabbed and killed in the Philippines has taken place.

John MacDonald, 27, an officer in the merchant navy, died on 5 September.

It has been reported he met a woman he had been in contact with on the internet, before being stabbed by someone said to be close to her.

Mr MacDonald's funeral service was held at Fraserburgh's United Reformed Church on Thursday afternoon, and then Kirkton Cemetery.

Mr MacDonald's family requested donations to Marie Curie Cancer Care.

His relatives had earlier described his death as a "tragedy" and said it would leave a gap that would "never be filled".

Mr MacDonald, a second mate in the merchant navy, originally worked on North Sea oil rig supply ships. He had latterly worked on international contracts.

He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Joanne and Gary Gibson, of Fraserburgh, and three siblings.

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