Thousands of people have commemorated a young woman killed at vigils in several cities in Ireland and the British region of Northern Ireland. In Tullamore, where the body of 23-year-old Ashling Murphy was found, shops and cafes closed earlier than usual on Friday. Many mourners gathered in a park in the city, a good 80 kilometers west of Dublin. Prime Minister Micheal Martin attended a commemoration in the Irish capital. The murder of the teacher united the country “in solidarity and disgust,” Martin said.[Wenn Sie aktuelle Nachrichten aus Berlin, Deutschland und der Welt live auf Ihr Handy haben wollen, empfehlen wir Ihnen unsere App, die Sie hier für Apple- und Android-Geräte herunterladen können.]Police have “identified a person of interest in the case.” Now the authorities are waiting to question the man, who is still receiving medical treatment for a number of injuries. An arrested 40-year-old man had previously been released, the media reported.
The crime has sparked a new debate about women’s safety in the island of Ireland. The 23-year-old was killed on Wednesday afternoon while jogging along a canal – a popular route for cyclists and runners. “There is an epidemic of violence against women. This has been the case for millennia,” said Deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar. President Michael D. Higgins called on people to build a “kinder, more compassionate, and more empathetic society.” (dpa)
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