Ashling Murphy, a former student of Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, was murdered while jogging along a popular walkway in broad daylight.
The woman was killed around 4 p.m. on Wednesday along the canal bank at Cappincur, Tullamore, County Offaly.
Ms Murphy, 22, was beaten to death in a random attack, according to Gardai. She was jogging along Fiona’s Way, named after missing woman Fiona Pender.
A 40-year-old Romanian man living locally was being questioned last night on suspicion of her murder.
The young teacher’s death shocked the nation.
Ms Murphy comes from a well-known music family outside Tullamore.
Ms Murphy began studying music at Limerick’s Mary Immaculate College in August 2017. The talented fiddle player also tutored students.
In one of her Facebook posts, she said she was happiest when she was playing music with her sister Amy, also a musician.
Ms Murphy had participated in many traditional events and competitions. She also loved camogie.
The young woman’s body was taken away in a hearse from Tullamore.
The scene held up overnight.
The man in his 40s is currently detained at Tullamore Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984. An incident room has been set up at Tullamore Garda Station.
Ms Murphy’s family has been contacted by a family liaison officer.
“My thoughts tonight are with the family of the young woman killed in a truly shocking crime, her friends and her community,” Justice Minister Helen McEntee tweeted. Anyone with information should contact An Garda Sochána. The garda will investigate and bring justice.”
After the shocking murder, many young women expressed their fear of walking alone, even in broad daylight.
It’s hard to comprehend losing another woman to such senseless, horrific violence, said one.
“She was 20. A teacher. Her entire life ahead. Going for a run at 4pm in the sun. Never get home. Our condolences to the woman’s family. “Irreducible,” said another.
An appeal is being made to anyone with information about this fatal assault. Gardai are particularly appealing to anyone who was in the Cappincur/Canal Walk area of Tullamore before 4pm on Wednesday, January 12.
Please contact Tullamore Garda Station on 057 932 7600, or any Garda Station on 1800 666 111.
Across the country, people are stunned by the “senselessness” of the crime.