Search continues for Ashling Murphy’s killer

Irish police investigating the murder of a young teacher in Co Offaly continue their search for his killer.

On Thursday night, Gardai released a man who had been questioning the death of Ashling Murphy, saying he was no longer “suspect.”

The killing of the 23-year-old in Tullamore on Wednesday sparked a widespread wave of mourning and anger, with a planned vigil in towns and cities across Ireland on Friday and in the coming days.

Gardai appealed for witnesses and asked anyone with knowledge of the “Falcon Storm mountain bike” to come forward with “straight handlebars and distinctive yellow/green front forks”.

A Garda spokesman said in a statement: “The man who was arrested by En Garda Siochana and was investigating this deadly attack has now been released from this detention.

“This man has been removed from the Garda interrogation and is no longer a suspect.”

Earlier, the Irish police force had promised to “leave no stone unturned” in bringing Ms Murphy’s killer to justice.

Ms. Murphy, an elementary school teacher in Tullamore, died Wednesday afternoon while running along the Grand Canal.

Those who knew him described him as a talented musician who was loved by his students.

Her death has sparked a renewed conversation about women’s safety in Ireland, with many questioning how such an attack could have happened in broad daylight.

There is no place for violence in our society, especially violence against women. it can’t be toleratedMichael Martin

Several hundred people attended a remembrance of Ms. Murphy in Galway on Thursday night.

Many people in the crowd arrived with flowers and candles.

Senior Irish politicians promised justice would be done for Ms Murphy’s family and condemned violence against women.

Irish Premier Michael Martin said the teachers “represent the best of modern Ireland”.

“The entire nation is devastated and shocked by the violent and barbaric murder of a young woman, Ashling Murphy,” he said.

“There is no place for violence in our society, especially violence against women. It cannot and will not be tolerated.

“Women’s safety is at the core of our society’s values.”

Taniste Leo Varadkar offered his condolences to Ms. Murphy’s family.

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Flowers at a Garda outpost after the death of an elementary school teacher (Dominic McGrath/PA)

I tweeted: “There should be zero tolerance for any violence against women.”

Mr Varadkar called Ms Murphy’s death “truly devastating and senseless”.

He said that every effort is being made to ensure justice.

Dublin, Galway and Belfast are among those places already in place, the effects of which are felt on both sides of the Irish border.

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Ashling Murphy was attacked as she was jogging through a canal (Comhaltas Seoltoi ireann / PA)

Superintendent Eamon Curley told reporters that about 50 officers were working on the investigation as he urged witnesses to come forward.

He said Gardai did not believe Ms Murphy knew her killer and added that she was likely a “male acting alone”.

The murder scene in the Grand Canal remained closed for the entire Thursday as the murder investigation continued.

Gardai also confirmed that the post-mortem examination has been completed.

The route along the Grand Canal is often busy and a popular spot for walkers and joggers.

Wreaths were laid outside the school gate of Duro National School, where Ms Murphy taught, as the local community panicked after the attack.

Duro National School principal James Hogan said the school community is “absolutely devastated”.

She told RTE Radio that Ms Murphy was a “bright light that would put a smile on anyone’s face”.

He continued: “Ashling was a shining light to the children and a very professional and talented young teacher.

“She was an inspiration to many not only in our school but in the wider community of schools.”

Dr Labhras O’Marchu of the traditional music organization Comhaltus said that Ms Murphy was “one of the finest exponents of concertina and fiddle and was also learning the Yulian pipe”, adding: “We know that she and her family are at her heart”. Local Community.

“She was a very sweet schoolteacher and had so much to offer in so many ways.”

Fianna Fell councilor for the area Declan Harvey said: “I am devastated.

“I couldn’t sleep last night thinking all this because it’s a place I go to all the time.

“She went there for jogging, she does it regularly. I am lost for words. ,

Mr Harvey said this is a route he and his family often walk.

“It’s a lovely area and helps clear your head. It’s a very popular route that everyone takes. People walk with their dogs, their babies, and their lambs.”