Moment murdered Ashling Murphy’s father performs her favourite song at vigil

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The father of murdered teacher Ashling Murphy played his daughter’s favourite song on the banjo at a vigil held in her memory.

Her dad Ray performed When You Were Sweet Sixteen with his bandmates at the canal bank where Ashling was killed in Cappincur, Tullamore, Ireland.

The 23-year-old died while she was out jogging along the Grand Canal on Wednesday evening, the Irish Mirror reports.

Police arrested a man following the attack, although he has since been released and is no longer a suspect in the case.

Officers today announced that a new suspect has been identified and a new line of inquiry is being followed.

Hundreds gathered along the canal bank at Cappincur to pay tribute to Ashling this evening.

Ashling Murphy’s father Raymond playing his daughter’s favourite song at a vigil held in her memory
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Ray along with mum Kathleen, sister Amy and brother Cathal along with wider family members, arrived and walked the opposite side of the canal to where Ashling was killed.

They then made their way back to the large crowd where people held candles in her memory and a minute silence in her memory was observed.

During the hour-long vigil, people cried and quietly clapped as prayers were said and music played.

Fr Declan Thompson of Daingean parish said: “An evil form of violence took away a life that leaves all of us stunned with all sorts of feelings.

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The teacher was killed while out jogging on Wednesday evening
Ashling was described as ‘special’ and ‘a little angel’ by her heartbroken father

“We’re sad that a young life was taken needlessly.

“We’re sad that once again violence seemed to win out. And because of that sadness, we feel helpless. We feel hopeless. We don’t know what to do.”

He added: “All we can offer Ashling’s family is our presence. We stand here with them and we offer our love and concern.”

The priest said it’s “easy for us to be caught up in the anger of the moment”, adding that it was anger and violence that led to this.

Ashling’s mother Kathleen, father Raymond and sister Amy at the candlelit vigil
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As the light dimmed on Friday evening, traditional Irish music – played by friends and former teachers of Ms Murphy – formed the centrepiece of the service. Attracta Brady, who was Ms Murphy’s first fiddle teacher, played alongside other sombre performers.

She described her protege as a “fabulous musician”. Ms Brady also taught Ms Murphy at the Sacred Heart girls’ secondary school, where they played together in the traditional music group.

The musicians played two tunes at the vigil that Ms Murphy would have performed with the trad group.

“She was the most beautiful girl inside and out,” Ms Brady said.

Hundreds of people gathered near the site where Ashling was killed to pay their respects
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“She was a parent’s dream. She was everything you’d want in a daughter. She had integrity, she was honest, she was trustworthy. She was quirky and a little bit cheeky sometimes with the loveliest smile and she’d get away with it because she had this beautiful twinkly smile.

“She was never in bad humour, she was always smiling and she absolutely loved her fiddle. Her parents only told me yesterday that she never had to be told to practice. She was bright and energetic and everybody loved her.”

A number of sky lanterns were let off as the large crowd began prayers at the vigil.

Gardai are continuing to hunt for her killer after a man who was initially arrested was released and ruled out of inquiries on Thursday night.

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