A DOMESTIC helper who married an American businessman, but was widowed on her honeymoon, is refusing to leave the side of her murdered husband, according to friends. Laura Burke, 34, who worked in Hong Kong for eight years, has been grieving over her 36-year-old husband Patrick's body since he was killed at the weekend in her parents' house in the Philippines. The couple who married in Hong Kong had gone to the bride's home town on Leyte Island for a church service with her family. While the couple were preparing for the ceremony on Saturday evening a relative opened the front door expecting to greet well-wishers and instead was confronted by three men wearing ski masks, according to friends in Hong Kong. The robbers tied up the bride's parents in the front room, and assaulted Mrs Burke when she went to investigate a suspicious noise. Her husband Patrick then came in. A scuffle ensued but one of the robbers pulled out a handgun and shot him dead in front of his wife of only seven days. Police in the Philippines have arrested three men in connection with the murder. Friends in Hong Kong were still coming to terms with the tragedy. ''We still can't believe it,'' said Margarete McCabe who attended their wedding at Hong Kong Park on July 30. ''It's one of those things that happens to someone else, that you read about in the papers.'' Mrs McCabe said Laura, whose maiden name was Giuinoo, had worked as a maid for her sister Leny Lee, who was married to former Hong Kong Polytechnic lecturer Anthony Lee. ''Laura is such a lovely girl, she is very religious,'' said Mrs McCabe. She said Laura had been writing to Patrick for some time. After the ceremony in the Philippines they had planned to return to America for a reception with Patrick's family.