Irish police have arrested a suspect in connection with the violent death of Ashling Murphy, who is described as a popular “bright light” and idolized by her students
A young elementary school teacher was beaten to death while jogging in a popular promenade.
Ashling Murphy, 22, was walking along the banks of the Grand Canal in Tullamore, Ireland around 4 p.m. yesterday when she was brutally assaulted.
An Eastern European in his 40s is said to have been arrested.
Two women apparently witnessed part of the attack and saw the suspect flee from the scene. He was arrested shortly afterwards.
Superintendent Eamonn Curley told reporters, “The area where the crime took place is popular with Tullamore residents and is often used for recreational purposes.
“The victim of this crime is Ashling Murphy.
“Ashling was a teacher at Durrow National School. Our prayers at this time are with Ashling’s family and indeed the wider community, her fellow teachers and the children she taught who are today without her teacher.
“Immediately after this crime was discovered, a full murder investigation was launched.”
A police source said: “A man is on pre-trial detention but we are urgently looking for anyone who saw elements of the attack or either the victim or the suspect before or after this horrific crime as we continue to interrogate the suspect.
“We’re setting up a case, but the more witnesses we have, the greater the chances that this crime will be cleared up quickly.”
Headmaster James Hogan said, “No school or anyone at any time should expect something like this tragic, terrible incident.
“The staff, parents and students here and in the wider area are devastated and words cannot describe our feelings.
“Ashling was a character. Her smile, her radiant light, her personality would shine everywhere she went. She was a fantastic teacher, the children loved her, adored her.
“She was an exceptionally talented athlete and traditional Irish musician.
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“She had so much to offer [her] and it is devastating to think that this has been taken from her. “
Justice Secretary Helen McEntee tweeted, “My thoughts tonight are with the family of the young woman killed in a truly shocking crime, her friends and her community.
“Please, everyone with information will get in touch. The Gardai will investigate this horrific crime and ensure that justice is brought about. “
A vigil will be held in town on Kildare Street on Friday at 4 p.m.