All we know about the ‘stranger murder’ of popular primary teacher Ashling Murphy

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A primary school teacher has been murdered as she jogged along a canal path on Wednesday afternoon.

Ashling Murphy was attacked while on the canal bank in Tullamore, Co Offaly, in Ireland at around 4pm, in what police are calling a “stranger murder”.

The 23-year-old had been exercising along the recreational route between Boland’s Lock and Digby Bridge, Cappincur, when the killer struck.

Her death has left her community in shock and has rocked the entire nation as they grieve for the popular Irish musician and try to come to terms with her brutal killing.

Here’s what we know about her tragic death so far.

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The talented musician was known in circles throughout the country
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The 23-year-old was a popular school teacher

Where the murder happened

The canal path where Ashling was attacked is very popular with people who like jogging, walking or cycling.

A post-mortem examination shows she was strangled to death by her killer.

The Irish police force Gardia believe she put up a brave fight, but added that she may have been stalked prior to her death.

Police are appealing for anyone who was in the area at around 4pm on the day she was killed to get in touch.

Who was Ashling Murphy

Ashling was a popular teacher at at Durrow National School in Tullamore, who also loved playing traditional Irish music.

Those who knew her described her as a gifted musician who was loved by her pupils.

Local Councillor Declan Harvey said: “Ashling was recently with the Durrow school kids doing a choir with them.

“She was a very popular teacher and a very popular person. It’s a big shock to us all. This should never happen and it’s beyond comprehension.

“There’s a lot of sadness because most of my neighbours up here walk the canal line daily.”

Floral tributes near the scene of the murder
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Tributes paid to Ashling

Ashling’s family have spoken of their heartbreak in an interview with the Irish Independent.

Her mother Kathleen said: “The last thing she’d say in the morning going out was ‘Mam, I love you’.”

Her father Raymond added: “She was just a special girl. She’s the youngest, a little angel.

“She was a brilliant girl in every sense of the word.”

A friend said Ashling was a “kind soul”, adding that she was “born to be a teacher”.

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Laura Whitmore and Maura Huggins paid tribute on their Instagram accounts
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