Ashling Murphy: Man held for murder of elementary school teacher ‘no longer a suspect’ | world news

A man arrested in connection with the alleged murder of a young woman in Ireland while she was out for an afternoon jog has been released and is “no longer a suspect”.

Primary teacher Ashling Murphy, 23, from Tullamore, County Offaly, died after being attacked while running along the canal bank at Cappincur around 4pm on Wednesday.

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Ashling Murphy died after being attacked while running along the canal bank at Cappincur

Gardai again called for witnesses and asked anyone with information about a “Falcon Storm mountain bike” with “straight handlebars and a distinctive yellow/green front fork” to come forward.

In a statement, a garda spokesperson said: “The man who was arrested and detained by An Garda Siochana investigating this fatal assault has now been released from custody.

“This man has been cleared from Garda investigations and is no longer a suspect.”

Earlier, Irish police had promised to leave no stone unturned to bring Ms Murphy’s killer to justice.

Flowers are left at a Garda checkpoint in Tullamore after a young woman, who was locally named Ashling Murphy, was killed in Co Offaly.  She died after being attacked while jogging along the canal bank in Cappincur around 4pm on Wednesday.  Picture date: Thursday January 13, 2022.

Several hundred people attended a vigil in memory of Ms Murphy in Galway on Thursday evening.

Many in the crowd brought flowers and candles to the vigil.

Senior Irish politicians have pledged justice for Ms Murphy’s family and condemned violence against women.

Ashling's murder shocked Ireland
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Ashling’s murder shocked Ireland

Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin said the teacher “represented the best of modern Ireland”.

“The entire country is devastated and shocked by the violent and barbaric murder of Ashling Murphy, a young woman in the prime of life,” he said.

“There is no place in our society for violence, especially violence against women. It cannot and will not be tolerated.

“The safety and security of women is at the heart of our company values.”

Gardai is appealing for information and asking anyone who was in the Cappincur / Tullamore Canal promenade area before 4pm Wednesday to contact them.

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