London crowd pay tribute to Irish teacher killed after afternoon run

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A huge crowd gathered in London in solidarity with the family and friends of an Irish teacher who was murdered while going for an afternoon run.

People held candles and stood in silent tribute outside the London Irish Center in memory of Ashling Murphy.

The death of the 23-year-old in Tullamore, Co Offaly, earlier this week sparked outrage far beyond the island of Ireland.

The event drew huge crowds in Camden (Dominic Lipinski/PA) / PA wire

Police continue to search for his killer, and Gardai said the Murphy family were “grateful and overwhelmed by the national outpouring of support shown to them”, after vigils were held in towns across Ireland on Friday.

On Saturday, large numbers of people lined up in Camden Square, north London, to sign a book of condolences and lay flowers.

The vigil took place around 4pm – the time police said the fatal assault happened on the banks of the Grand Canal in the Irish city on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old was found dead on Wednesday afternoon after going for a run on the banks of the Grand Canal in Tullamore, Co Offaly in Ireland (Dominic Lipinski/PA) / PA wire

Traditional music was played in honor of Mrs. Murphy, a talented violinist, while part of the crowd sang or hummed quietly.

Anna Johnston, cultural manager at the London Irish Centre, said people had rallied in solidarity with those who knew and loved Ms Murphy “and all women in Ireland and beyond who are angry, distressed and at Broken Heart”.

Addressing the crowd, she added: “Today, with Ashling, we remember all the women whose lives have been stolen because of gender-based violence. We shouldn’t be here, and Ashling should be.

A minute of silence was observed, after which the young teacher’s favorite song, When You Were Sweet Sixteen, was sung.

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