Mon. Jan 17th, 2022

Runners across the island of Ireland have stopped to commemorate Ashling Murphy, whose murder has shocked the nation.

Irish police are still searching for the killer of the 23-year-old primary school teacher who was found dead after running a run on the banks of the Grand Canal in Tullamore, Co Offaly.

Garda said it had made “significant progress” in its investigation, but that they did not release details for operational reasons.

Mrs. Murphy was a talented musician.
Mrs. Murphy was a talented musician.

It is understood that investigators have identified a new person of interest who is currently in the hospital and who is waiting to speak to him.

Park Run participants in the Republic and Northern Ireland stood in silence on Saturday morning to commemorate Mrs. Murphy.

Vigils scheduled for the weekend

Hundreds of people also gathered in Cork for a vigil, with more planned in towns and villages over the weekend.

A guard is also planned in London.

Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said: ‘For men, we need to understand and teach our boys that violence against women is never justified.

“It does not matter who she is, where she was, what she did, and it does not matter what time of day it is. It is never justified. It is always wrong.”

The teacher's murder is seen as a landmark moment in Ireland
The teacher’s murder is seen as a landmark moment in Ireland

Show solidarity

The demonstration of solidarity came after thousands of people gathered on Friday in a joint show of grief and disgust over the murder, which has been described as a “watershed moment” in the campaign to stop violence against women.

Mrs Murphy’s family attended a candlelight vigil near the murder scene on Friday night.

At the event, her father Ray Murphy paid tribute to the talented young musician by performing his favorite song on the banjo.

He broke down in tears as he played the final chords of When You Were Sweet Sixteen.

Murphy walked with his wife Kathleen and daughter Amy on the opposite side of the canal, where his daughter was killed Wednesday.

Park Run attendees at Orangefield Park in Belfast observe a silence in memory
Runners in Belfast were among those who stood in silence in memory of the 23-year-old

Murder kicks off a new debate on violence against women

Politicians have promised that all necessary resources will be made available to the police to find the killer.

Murphy’s death has sparked a renewed debate over women’s safety in Ireland, with many asking how such an attack could happen in broad daylight.

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