Ashling Murphy: Devastating empty chair and fiddle tribute to woman killed while jogging

Irish police are continuing their search for the killer of Ashling Murphy, who was found dead on Wednesday after walking along the banks of the Grand Canal in Cappincur, Tullamore

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A devastating tribute has been paid to a young woman who was murdered while jogging in Ireland.

Irish police are continuing their search for the killer of Ashling Murphy, who was found dead on Wednesday after walking along the banks of the Grand Canal in Cappincur, Tullamore.

In The Late Late Show’s tribute to Ashling, traditional Irish musicians came together to celebrate their music and commemorate the primary school teacher. RSVP reports.

Mike Hanrahan from Stockton’s Wing, Niamh Dunne from Beoga, Dara and Mick Healy from Boxing Banjo, Bridín, Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh and Séamus and Caoimhe Ui Fhlatharta were present at the musical sessions.

Many people pointed to a touching part of the tribute with a chair holding a violin and bow dedicated to Ashling, who “absolutely loved her violin.”

One person wrote: “The empty chair for Aisling is both devastating and beautiful.”

Ashling Murphy, who was found dead after a run on Wednesday
Ms Murphy was a primary school teacher working at Durrow National School
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A second viewer said: “The empty chair for Aisling is beautiful but heartbreaking. Ireland united in grief at their devastating loss.”

A third commenter shared: “Powerful, soothing, soulful traditional music and songs on The @RTELateLateShow tonight to remember, celebrate and offer sympathy to the beautiful life of Ashling Murphy that has been so taken without purpose.

“The violin on the empty chair was such a poignant image.”

Those who saw the moving performances shared how heartbreaking the program was.

Musicians play as hundreds of people attend a vigil to commemorate Ashling Murphy in Belfast
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An RTE viewer said: “Beautiful and moving musical tribute to Ashling Murphy on the #Latelateshow. Heartbreaking to see an empty chair with a violin.”

A second person wrote: “The empty chair and violin are truly heartbreaking. Rest in Peace Ashling Murphy.”

Attracta Brady, Ms Murphy’s first violin teacher, played alongside other sombre artists at a vigil on Friday night.

“She was the most beautiful girl inside and out,” said Ms. Brady.

A photograph of Ashling Murphy amid flowers and candles at a makeshift shrine during a vigil in her memory at Leinster House, Dublin
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“She was a parent’s dream. She was everything you want in a daughter. She had integrity, she was honest, she was trustworthy. She was quirky and a little cheeky at times with the prettiest smile she could get away with because she had this beautiful sparkly smile.

“She was never in a bad mood, she was always smiling and loved her violin.

“Her parents told me just yesterday that she never had to be asked to practice.

“She was bright and energetic and everyone loved her.”

Many across the country have paid tribute to Ashling
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Police arrested one man after the attack, although he has since been released and is no longer a suspect in the case Irish mirror reports.

Officials announced yesterday that a new suspect has been identified and a new line of investigation is being pursued.

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