Moment murdered Ashling Murphy's father performs her favourite song at vigil

Ashling Murphy, 23, was killed on Wednesday while jogging along the Grand Canal in Cappincur, Tullamore, Ireland, as hundreds of people attended a vigil near the site of her murder

Ashling Murphy: Thousands attend Dublin vigil for murdered teachers

The father of murdered teacher Ashling Murphy played his daughter’s favorite song on the banjo at a vigil held in her memory.

Her father Ray played When You Were Sweet Sixteen with his bandmates on the canal bank where Ashling was killed in Cappincur, Tullamore, Ireland.

The 23-year-old died on Wednesday evening while jogging along the Grand Canal Irish mirror reports.

Police arrested a man after the attack, although he has since been released and is no longer a suspect in the case.

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

Hundreds gathered on the canal bank at Cappincur to pay tribute to Ashling tonight.

Ashling Murphy’s father, Raymond, performs his daughter’s favorite song at a vigil held in her memory


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Ray arrived with mother Kathleen, sister Amy and brother Cathal along with other family members and walked across the canal to where Ashling was killed.

They then made their way back to the large crowd where people held candles in their memory and a minute’s silence was observed in their memory.

During the hour-long vigil, people wept and clapped softly while prayers were said and music played.

Father Declan Thompson of Daingean Parish said: “A vicious form of violence has taken our lives leaving us all stunned with all sorts of emotions.

The teacher was killed while jogging on Wednesday evening
Ashling was described as “special” and “a little angel” by her heartbroken father

“We are saddened that a young life was taken unnecessarily.

“We are saddened that once again the violence seemed to prevail. And because of that sadness, we feel helpless. We feel hopeless. We don’t know what to do.”

He added: “All we can offer to Ashling’s family is our presence. We stand here with them and offer them our love and care.”

The priest said it was “easy for us to be caught up in the anger of the moment,” adding that it was anger and violence that led to it.

Ashling’s mother Kathleen, father Raymond and sister Amy at the candlelight vigil


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As the lights dimmed on Friday night, traditional Irish music – played by friends and former teachers of Ms Murphy – formed the centerpiece of the service. Attracta Brady, Ms. Murphy’s first violin teacher, played alongside other sombre artists.

She described her protégé as a “fabulous musician”. Ms. Brady also tutored Ms. Murphy at Sacred Heart Girls’ Secondary School, where they played together in the traditional music group.

The musicians played two tunes at the vigil that Ms. Murphy would have performed with the Trad group.

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

Hundreds of people gathered near the spot where Ashling was killed to pay their respects


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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 she absolutely 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.”

A number of sky lanterns were lit as the large crowd at the vigil began to pray.

Gardai continue to search for her killer after a man originally arrested was released and barred from investigations Thursday night.

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