Ashling Murphy was walking along the Grand Canal in Co Offaly on Wednesday when she was murdered in broad daylight, prompting widespread grief and anger across Ireland
The family of a woman murdered while running in broad daylight have shared the heartbreaking final words with their “special” daughter.
The brutal death of Ashling Murphy has shocked Ireland as Gardai continue the investigation after the release last night of a man who is no longer a suspect.
Her heartbroken family has paid tribute to the 23-year-old. reported the Irish Mirror.
The elementary school teacher’s mother, Kathleen, said, “The last thing she would say going out in the morning was ‘Mom, I love you.'”
Father Raymond added: “She was just a special girl.
“She’s the youngest, a little angel. She was a brilliant girl in every sense of the word.”
Known across the country for her musical talent, Ashling taught top-notch students at Durrow National School in Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
Hundreds of people attended a vigil in Galway last night to remember the 23-year-old who was attacked on the banks of the Grand Canal on Wednesday.
Further vigils are planned in Armagh, Belfast and Derry this afternoon from 4pm, and later in Carlow, Limerick and Tipperary.
A number of celebrities including Love Island presenter Laura Whitmore and star Maura Higgins have called for justice for Ashling.
Laura, 36, said: “Heartbreaking and petrifying. What are we doing to protect women?
“I never walk the dog alone after 5pm and even that is no longer safe. My thoughts are with Ashling’s friends and family. I can’t imagine her pain.”
Her killer is still at large after a man who was questioned by police and dropped from the investigation was released last night.
Gardai have called for witnesses and asked anyone with information about a “Falcon Storm mountain bike” with “straight handlebars and distinctive yellow/green front forks” to come forward.
In a statement, a Garda spokesman said: “The man who was arrested and detained by An Garda Siochana as part of an investigation into this fatal attack has now been released from that detention.
“This man has been eliminated from a Garda investigation and is no longer a suspect.”
Irish police have promised “no stone unturned” to bring Ms Murphy’s killer to justice.
Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin said: “The whole country is devastated and shocked by the violent and barbaric killing of Ashling Murphy, a young woman in the prime of her life,” he said.
“There is no place for violence in our society, especially violence against women. It cannot and will not be tolerated.
“Women’s safety is at the core of our society’s values.”