COPS is investigating the brutal murder of Ashling Murphy trying to identify a mysterious man who has been seen biking in the area.
Our exclusive CCTV images showing the man riding a bike similar to the Falcon Storm mountain bike officers appealed for information.
Footage of unidentified man – taken in Tullamore on Ashling was brutally killed – currently being examined by the investigative team.
It was transferred to the gardai by a member of the public.
Although police asked for information about the owner of the bike on Wednesday night, no one said it belonged to them.
They received the images after the famous elementary school teacher was killed in a random attack as she was walking along a canal in Tullamore, Co Offaly, around 4pm on Wednesday.
Despite fighting bravely, talented musician Ashling, 23, lost her life because of the barbaric attack she endured.
The particular bike was found near the bank of the canal in Cappincur, in Tullamore, on Wednesday night and is still being examined by Dr. Gardai for DNA and fingerprints.
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Officers also hope that anyone who may know the suspect will turn himself in.
A source told the Irish Sun: “The individual on the bike is someone of interest because the bike resembles the item he offered.
“This man was seen cycling through Tullamore and it is likely he has information about what happened to Ashling.
“The man is clearly a person of interest when he is seen on a bicycle very similar to the one at the heart of the complaint.
“Gardai will also use this image to see if there are other images of this man on the bike. The movement of this bike was important to the investigation. “
Last night the Murphys were distraught go to the canal aisle 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.
SUPPORT FROM FAMILY
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”.
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.
https://www.thesun.ie/news/8208549/ashling-murphy-murder-cops-identify-mystery-man-cctv/ Homicide cop Ashling Murphy wants to identify this mysterious man who was caught cycling in the area on CCTV footage