London crowd pay tribute to Irish teacher killed after afternoon run

A huge crowd has gathered in London in solidarity with the family and friends of an Irish schoolteacher 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)

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)

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

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

Her father Ray Murphy had played the banjo tune in tribute to his youngest daughter at a Friday vigil near the scene of her murder.


Musicians perform in honor of Ashling Murphy outside the London Irish Center in Camden, north London (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Last year in London, people gathered to remember marketing manager Sarah Everard and teacher Sabina Nessa – two women who were fatally attacked while walking in the capital.

A small sign near the entrance to the London Irish Center bore their names and those of other deceased women, under the letters ‘RIP’.

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