A COMMUNITY has been “paralyzed” after the brutal murder of a young teacher who was attacked while jogging yesterday.
Ashling Murphy, an elementary school teacher at Durrow National School, has was killed on Wednesday afternoon together the banks of the Grand Canal.
Locals spoke of the feeling of devastation, as well as confusion, about the “randomness” of such an attack.
Rose Coyle, a pensioner, is a Pedestrians often go up and down the canal. She said the murder was “horrific”.
Since the pandemic began, the canal has been a resource and respite for the local community, she said.
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She said: “You just don’t think such things happen and there are always people like that.
“The weather has been nice for the past few days and it’s getting brighter in the evenings. There are more people out.”
“The kids go out in the evening and after work or after school.
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“It’s horrible. It’s horrible. I think its randomness is the element of surprise.”
Declan Harvey is a local Fianna Fail councilor. He said: “Everybody was shocked. Everyone was very surprised by it.
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“This family is well known in the local community for their musical talent.
“The dad plays in a local band and she’s a great Irish musician.”
Only recently did he say that Ashling brought a choir the kids from her school to the town’s Christmas market.
He said women in the town were “worried, scared and shocked”.
He added: “A lot of women walk down on their own, walk, jog, run a little bit, a lot of cyclists.”
“I’m shocked, I’m heartbroken, I’m speechless because this has hit the community so hard, it’s not real.”
Ray Larkin was one of the early arrivals at the scene to pay tribute to Mrs. Murphy. He said the town felt “paralysed”.
“I know her very well and I also know her family very well,” he said.
“I’m absolutely devastated. I think the hardest thing I find is that I walk by myself every morning.”
Like others, he says the canal is a source of pride for the town.
The nurses at the local hospital, he said, usually finish the night shift for a walk along the canal.
“Now I feel the fear has disappeared in the surrounding community,” he said.
“It’s beautiful here. Where are these people going?”
President of Mary Immaculate College in Limerick Eugene Wall also tweeted that the college community was “shocked to the bone” by the news of the recent graduate’s death.
https://www.thesun.ie/news/8200037/tullamore-locals-numb-ashling-murphy-murder/ Tullamore locals ‘numb’ after young teacher Ashling Murphy, 23, was murdered in broad daylight while jogging