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Ireland mourns death of teacher Ashling Murphy killed while running

Ireland mourns the death of Ashling Murphy, a 23-year-old teacher and musician who was brutally killed during a running race in Tullamore, a country town in County Offaly.

Authorities said Murphy was beaten to death in broad daylight at around 4 p.m. Wednesday as he sailed along a canal dubbed Fiona’s Way, named after Fiona Pender, a 25-year-old woman from Tullamore who went missing in 1996.

Collage by Ashling Murphy. (Facebook)

Local authorities “continue to investigate the fatal assault” on Murphy and “request any information about a Falcon Storm ATV with straight handlebars and a distinctive yellow / green front fork,” said An Garda Síochána, the police department. National Ireland, in a tweet on Thursday.

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Authorities first arrested a 40-year-old man they believed to be linked to the incident, but released him on Thursday, saying he was no longer a suspect, according to The Irish Times.

Supporters lay flowers at the scene of Ashling Murphy's murder on January 14, 2022 in Tullamore, Ireland.  (Charles McQuillan / Getty Images)

Supporters lay flowers at the scene of Ashling Murphy’s murder on January 14, 2022 in Tullamore, Ireland. (Charles McQuillan / Getty Images)

As authorities continue to investigate the attack, Tullamore and other counties in Ireland have planned vigils and other tributes to Murphy. The phrase “She was going to run” has spread on social media since her assassination, highlighting the unjust nature of her death and the general violence against innocent women in Ireland.

Murphy’s family remembered her as motivated and loving in an interview with the Belfast Telegraph.

“The last thing she said in the morning when she went out was ‘Mum, I love you,'” her mother, Kathleen, told the outlet.

Ashling Murphy.  (Spar Tullamore / Facebook)

Ashling Murphy. (Spar Tullamore / Facebook)

Her father remembered her as “a special girl” and the youngest in their family. “A little angel,” he told the Telegraph.

The traditional Irish music world has also shared memories of Muprhy on social media, describing her as a talented and dedicated musician who has traveled across Ireland to perform.

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“We are truly devastated by the tragic passing of our amazing friend and musician Ashling Murphy. Words cannot describe how heartbroken we are to lose such a special young woman, far too early in her life,” said Ballyboy. Comhaltas, a traditional music organization. in a Facebook post on Thursday. “We are privileged to have Ashling as a violin and whistle teacher in our branch. She had a warm and caring approach with her students and she inspired them to be the best they can be. “

Floral tributes near the stage in Tullamore, County Offaly, after Ashling Murphy was killed Wednesday night.  (Photo by Brian Lawless / PA Images via Getty Images)

Floral tributes near the stage in Tullamore, County Offaly, after Ashling Murphy was killed Wednesday night. (Photo by Brian Lawless / PA Images via Getty Images)

A Spar store in Tullamore remembered Murphy, who previously worked at the site, as someone who “always brought such happiness with her to work”.

Helen McEntee, Irish Minister for Justice, said that “all resources will be provided to An Garda Síochána to find out who murdered Ashling Murphy” in a Friday tweet.

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“It is vital that we all support Gardaí in their work. Please, anyone with information, especially about this Falcon Storm ATV, introduce yourself to Gardaí,” she said.

An Garda Síochána asks anyone with information about the attack to contact (057 932 7600) or the confidential Garda line (1800 666 111).

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