LIDL and Aldi stores in the town where a young teacher was murdered will close as a “sign of respect” during a vigil this afternoon.
Ashling Murphy, 23, died after being violently attacked along a canal in Tullamore, Co Offaly, on Wednesday afternoon.
It is supposed to be a random attack.
Several popular Ashling vigils will take place across the country at 4pm today.
The Lidl and Aldi stores in Tullamore have decided to close for an hour and offer condolences to the Ashling family.
Lidl told their followers on Facebook: “We will be closing both of our stores in Tullamore from 4pm to 5pm today out of respect for Ashling Murphy, her family, and her family. and the ceremony was planned in town.
“Our deepest condolences to the family & we thank our customers for their understanding.”
While Aldi said: “Our Tullamore store will be closed 4 – 5pm today out of respect for Ashling Murphy and her family.
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“Our thoughts are with them at the moment.”
Meanwhile, Ashling’s parents Kathleen and Raymond have said that she is a “special girl” and she was their “rock” in a heartbreaking tribute.
They added: “She’s a beautiful girl, she’s the best, She’s our rock. She loves her style and fashion, and she’s so elegant.
“She was so soft and gentle. She is in love with her boyfriend Ryan, with whom she has been with for 5 years.
“He is very sad. We are all devastated. ”
Police last night release a man they questioned her about her death and said he was no longer considered a suspect.
An autopsy showed that Ashling died of strangulation. The officers believe she fought bravely.
Officers also suspect that Ashling was being followed before she was murdered.
Garda Commissioner Drew Harris, who arrived in Tullamore on Thursday, told investigating officers that all of An Garda Siochana’s resources were available to them.
He said: “I want to reassure people that this is a safe society, despite the terrible events of yesterday and despite the fear and anxiety, real fear and anxiety have. , this is a safe society, these events are relatively rare.
“I think that’s seen in our overall response to this as a society.”
Late on Thursday, Mr. gardai confirmed the man they questioned had been released.
They again appealed for information about a Falcon Storm mountain bike and for anyone with information about the deadly attack to proceed.
A spokesman said: “The man arrested and detained by An Garda Síochána to investigate this fatal assault has now been released. This man has been removed from Garda’s investigations and is no longer a suspect.
“A Garda Síochána continues to investigate this deadly attack that occurred around 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, along the banks of the canal in Cappincur, Tullamore, Co Offaly.
“A Garda Síochána continues to call for all the information about a Falcon Storm mountain bike with straight handlebars and distinctive yellow/blue front forks.
“Gardaí continues to urge anyone with any information about this deadly attack to come forward with that information.”
Attorney General Helen McEntee said “all resources” would be used by gardai to get Ashling justice.
She wrote on Twitter: “All resources will be provided to An Garda Síochána to find out who murdered Ashling Murphy.
“It is important that we all support the gardaí in their work.
“Please anyone with any information, especially about this Falcon Storm mountain bike, come to gardai.”
‘BACK TO THE COUNTRY’
Tanaiste Leo Varadkar said “the country is reeling” following Ashling’s death.
Speaking this morning, he said: “I think everyone in the country, men and women, is shocked by what has happened in Tullamore.
“The country is reeling. I know the people of Tullamore must be very worried at the moment as the killer is still huge and I want to assure everyone that all of the gardai’s resources are going into this. make sure this person is found, that they are brought to justice and that everyone can feel safe again.”
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