NOW Ashling Murphy’s grieving family tonight visited the scene where she was killed.
Tragic teacher Ashling, 23, was killed while jogging on the famous canal boardwalk in Tullamore, Co. Offaly, at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Tonight, the distraught Murphy family went to the canal walkway where Ashling lost his life and led a candlelit vigil.
After taking the emotional walk, Raymond played Ashling’s favorite song ‘When You’re Sweet Sixteen’ at vigil at the Grand Canal in Cappincur, Tullamore.
In a later statement, the family thanked all of Ireland for the support over the past two days since their beloved girl was killed.
The family said they were “overwhelmed by the nationwide support they showed”.
Ashling’s father Raymond played the banjo in memory of his music-loving girl, with the ravaged father falling apart when he finished.
Speaking as the lanterns were released, local priest Father Declan Thompson spoke of the family’s grief and considered Ashling’s murder a “crime”.
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Father Thompson said: “A cruel form of violence that took a life left us all stunned with all sorts of feelings.
“We are saddened that a young life has been unnecessarily taken away.
“We are very sad when again violence seems to have won. And because of that sadness, we feel helpless. We feel hopeless, we don’t know what to do.”
As Ashling’s grieving relatives joined hands, the priest praised the locals who had gathered around the grieving clan.
Father Thompson said to the crowd: “Have you ever come and stood with us in the light. Bring the light of your understanding and knowledge and your love, bring it to the we.
“All we can give to the Ashling family is our presence. We stand here with them and we give our love and care.
“It’s very easy to get caught up in anger at this point – it’s anger that has led to this, violence has led to this.”
In Tullamore, shops, businesses and cafes close early as the midland town shuts down.
Thousands of people flocked to attend a second vigil held at a local park.
Gardai is continuing to hunt for the 23-year-old killer, who was found dead Wednesday after fleeing on the banks of the Grand Canal in the town of Co Offaly.
Thousands of people have taken to Town Park on the edge of Tullamore, pledging to send “solidarity and support” to Ms Murphy’s family.
During an hour of prayer, people wept, clutched candles, and quietly clapped their hands as prayers were said and music played.
As the lights dimmed on Friday night, traditional Irish music – played by friends and former teacher Ms Murphy – became the focal point of the ceremony.
Attracta Brady, Miss Murphy’s first piano teacher, played with other timbre performers.
She describes her patron as a “wonderful musician”.
Ms. Brady also taught Ms. Murphy at Sacred Heart Girls’ High School, where they played together in a traditional band.
The musicians played two tunes during the ceremony that Ms. Murphy will perform with the trad group.
Mrs Brady said: “She was the most beautiful girl inside and out.
“She’s a parent’s dream. She’s everything you want in a daughter. She has integrity, she’s honest, she’s trustworthy. That’s because she has integrity. This beautiful sparkling smile.
“She was never mean, she was always smiling and she absolutely loved her mischief. Her parents just told me yesterday that she never had to be asked to practice. She’s bright and full of energy and everyone loves her.”
MINUTES OF Aging
Prayers have been said for Ms. Murphy’s family, friends and students, as well as for all women who have experienced violence.
A local priest, Father Joe Gallagher, said the prayer before calling for a minute of silence.
He told a gathering attended by all the major religious groups in the region: “Our thoughts are with her grieving family, colleagues at work, in music, in sports, her friendship and her young students fell in love with their teacher.
“This is a time of unspeakable grief. We need to be together. We need to support each other during this dark time.
“We stand together, in solidarity with groups across our country, and indeed more than that, in solidarity with women who fear and are vulnerable to violence. United in grief, angry, in shock.
“In this dark night, we want to hold the light in our hands, standing together to share our tears and deep grief. Time to pray, to reflect, to listen. and stay together.”
The women at the vigil spoke of their anger and fear.
VIOLATION ABOUT WOMEN
Roslyn Kavanagh, of Tullamore, said: “I feel that this should not be happening in society. And as a woman, I have felt, in many places, unsafe and vulnerable and As a woman, I shouldn’t feel that way.” “
She said the attack prompted her to share her experience with her husband.
“He was shocked and upset to know I felt the same way,” she said.
“I feel society needs to end this and end this.”
Roslyn was there with her friend, Chloe Galvin, who said: “I am also a young woman in my 20s. I have walked that canal many times alone, with friends and family. It’s the one thing you never think of out of the light of day: someone going to attack me?
“We were taught like young women, in the evenings you stay with your friends. You never leave them, you text them to make sure they get home safe. Now. We will do it even during the day.
“Now we have a plan at work where we’ll all walk each other out to the car and make sure everyone’s okay, and have a group chat (asking), ‘Are you okay going home?’
“It shouldn’t be. The reason why I’m here is that it’s time for women to take a stand and go, ‘No more, we’re done’.”
“We must be treated equally with men.”
Twins Nora Viret and Johanne Viret said their sister was “quite friendly” with Ms Murphy, and said she was “really helpful and really welcoming” when they moved from France.
Things have changed in town since the attack, the two agree.
They say they are “paranoid when it’s not good”.
The vigil heard a poem specifically written for Ashling by local woman Sinead Cullen, who wrote: “There is a light that will shine upon you, hour by hour, the sky black or blue.”
https://www.thesun.ie/news/8207800/ashling-murphy-grieving-family-tullamore-candlelight-vigil/ Ashling Murphy’s grieving family visit scene as she was killed during Tullamore candlelight vigil