The president of Mary Immaculate College in Limerick led local tributes to a former student murdered in County Offaly.
The attack happened Wednesday afternoon at Cappincur, Tullamore, on Ashling Murphy, 23.
The brutal beating death of a young woman in broad daylight has shocked the country.
A concerned citizen alerted the gardai. Despite the best efforts of the medical team, Ms Murphy died.
No evidence links the victim and her killer at this time.
In 2018, she performed with the Comhaltas National Folk Orchestra of Ireland for Pope Francis during his visit to Ireland.
Ms Murphy taught first grade at Durrow. Her alma mater, Mary Immaculate College, paid tribute to her this morning.
the tragic and senseless killing of Ashling Murphy who graduated from MIC only three months ago, the entire MIC community is heartbroken and shocked to the core.
“Our condolences to her family, friends, colleagues, and students.” “R.I.P. Ash
“We were deeply saddened and shocked to learn of Ashling Murphy’s untimely and tragic death,” the college said in a statement.
Ashling, a gifted musician and performer, had just started teaching in Durrow National School, Co. Offaly, when she was brutally murdered.
“The MIC community sends condolences to her family, friends, colleagues, and students. Ar dheis Dé go raibh”.
Mr Hogan said Ms Murphy was a “bright light who put a smile on everyone’s face.”
“No one can prepare for today. Parents, teachers, students, and the entire community are devastated.
“Ashling was a professional and talented young teacher. She inspired many, not just in our school but in our community.”
His school’s top priority right now is the children and staff, he said. We’re just trying to grasp it.
“When we met as a staff this morning, there was a wave of tears. We adored Ashling.
“Her 1st grade students adored her today, with tears in their eyes.”
Muireann O’Connell, a Limerick woman, echoed the sentiments of women across the country on Ireland AM this morning.
Ms Murphy’s vigil will be held at Arthur’s Quay Park at 6pm on Friday, January 14.
“They were well known to each other,” said Tullamore Garda Superintendent Eamonn Curley.