Teacher Ashling Murphy, 23, murdered 'by stranger' while jogging along canal path

Tribute was paid to popular Ashling Murphy, an Irish traditional music musician who taught locally in Tullamore, County Offaly before her tragic death

A 23-year-old elementary school teacher who was killed while jogging along a canal was murdered by a stranger to the police.

Ashling Murphy was attacked on Wednesday at around 4 p.m. on the canal bank in Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland.

As a traditional Irish music player, she had trained on the recreational route between Bolands Lock and Digby Bridge in Cappincur.

A source told the Irish mirror : “It looks like a stranger murder.”

The crime scene and the surrounding area have been cordoned off by Gardai, and officials believe that some locals may have witnessed the horrific murder.

They asked everyone who was in the area and saw or heard something around 4 p.m. to contact them.

She jogged on the Grand Canal Tullamore

Councilor Declan Harvey said, “Ashling recently visited the Durrow Schoolchildren and did a choir with them.

“She was a very popular teacher and a very popular person. It’s a big shock to all of us. That should never happen and is incomprehensible.

“There is a lot of sadness because most of my neighbors up here walk the canal line every day.

“It’s always very popular with people who go for a walk, bike or jog, it’s usually heaven down there.

She was attacked around 4 p.m.

“You could go for a 3 mile walk and it was very safe and everything and that this happens comes as a shock to all of us.

“I don’t know how people will feel about it now, especially the ladies. I would like to express my condolences to your family. “

A Garda spokesman said: “A man in his 40s was arrested in connection with this incident and is currently on Tullamore Garda Station under the terms of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

The police cordoned off the area

“The Office of the State Pathologist and the Technical Bureau of Lake Garda have been notified.

“In the Tullamore Garda station, an operation site has been set up under a senior investigator.”

Justice Secretary Helen McEntee added: “My thoughts tonight are with the family of the young woman killed in a truly shocking crime, her friends and her community.

“Please everyone with information, come to An Garda Siochana.”

Fine Gael Minister Josepha Madigan wrote on Twitter: “A young woman cannot even walk down a canal at four o’clock at noon only to be attacked and murdered.

“Sincere condolences from your family.

“We urgently need to address why we live in a country where something like this can happen!”

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