Ashling Murphy, 23, was killed while running along the Grand Canal in Cappincur, Tullamore, Ireland, on Wednesday, and hundreds of people attended a vigil near the scene of her murder.
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The father of murdered teacher Ashling Murphy played his daughter’s favorite song on the banjo at the vigil in her memory.
Her father Ray performed with his bandmates on the banks of the canals where Ashling was killed in Cappincur, Tullamore, Ireland.
The 23-year-old died while running along the Grand Canal on Wednesday night. Irish mirror reports.
Police arrested the man after the attack, although he has since been released and is no longer a suspect in the case.
Police said today that a new suspect has been identified and a new line of inquiry follows.
Hundreds gathered along the banks of the canal at Cappincur to pay their respects to Ashling tonight.
Ray arrived with his mother Kathleen, sister Amy and brother Cathal, and extended family members and walked across the canal where Ashling was killed.
They then went back to the large crowd, where people lit candles in her memory and observed a minute of silence in her memory.
During the one-hour vigil, people cried and applauded quietly while prayers were said and music played.
Fr. Declan Thompson of Daingean Parish said, “The evil form of violence has taken a life that has stunned us all with all sorts of feelings.
“We are sad that young life has been taken unnecessarily.
“We are sad that violence seemed to have won again. And because of that sadness, we feel powerless. We feel hopeless. We don’t know what to do.”
He added: “All we can offer Ashling’s family is our presence. We stand here with them and offer our love and care.”
The priest said it was “easy to get caught up in the anger of the moment”, adding that anger and violence had led to it.
As the light dimmed on Friday night, traditional Irish music played by Ms Murphy’s friends and former teachers became a central part of the worship service. Attracta Brady, who was Mrs. Murphy’s first fiddle teacher, played alongside other grim performers.
She described her protégé as a “wonderful musician”. Ms. Brady also taught Ms. Murphy at Sacred Heart Girls High School, where they played together in a traditional music group.
The musicians played two tunes on the vigil that Mrs. Murphy would perform with the trad group.
“She was the most beautiful girl inside and out,” Ms. Brady said.
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“She was a parent’s dream. She was everything I would want from a daughter. She had integrity, she was honest, she was trustworthy. She was weird and sometimes a little cheeky with the most beautiful smile and she succeeded because she had this wonderful dazzling smile.
“She was never in a bad mood, she was always smiling and she loved her violin very much. Her parents only told me yesterday that she never had to tell her to practice. She was bright and energetic and everyone loved her. “
As the large crowd began to pray at the vigil, several heavenly lights were turned off.
The Gardai is continuing to hunt down the killer after the man, who was originally arrested, was released and excluded from the investigation on Thursday night.