Ashling Murphy: Laura Whitmore and Maura Higgins demand justice for murdered jogger

Laura Whitmore and Maura Higgins want justice for murdered Ashling Murphy (Image: PA)

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A host of celebrities are calling for justice after the horrifying murder of Ashling Murphy.

The 23-year-old teacher was killed on Wednesday while out jogging in Tullamore, Co Offaly, with the crime leaving Ireland in shock.

And her killer is still at large.

Irish police garda have said a man they arrested in connection with the murder has been eliminated from enquiries and is "no longer a suspect".

With Ashling's murderer still out there, people are desperate to see justice done.

Among them is Irish Love Island star Maura Higgins.

Devastated by what happened to Ashling, the reality star shared a powerful image of the words "She was going for a run" onto her Instagram story.

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"May she rest in peace," was added underneath, and Maura shared it with her fans, saying it was "truly heartbreaking".

She also shared a quote from Women's Aid CEO Sarah Benson, which read: "Women are not afraid of the dark or a lonely space… They are afraid of a violent male perpetrator in the dark.

"Not all men are violent, and I don't think anyone is claiming that. However, the majority of violence against women, and indeed men, is perpetrated by men.

"That's something as a whole society, including men, we need to tackle."

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Love Island host Laura Whitmore also paid an emotional tribute to Ashling.

Sharing the same image that Maura did that highlighted how Ashling was going for a run when she was killed, the presenter added: "Heartbreaking and petrifying. What are we doing to keep women safe?

"I never walk the dog after 5pm alone and even that isn't safe anymore. My thoughts with Ashlings friends and family. I cant imagine their pain."

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Laura later shared a quote from poet Margaret Atwood, which read: "Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them."

And she also shared a post about a vigil for Ashling being held in London.

The event will take place outside the London Irish Centre from 4-5pm tomorrow.

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Those attending are asked to wear face masks and social distance themselves from each other as much as they can.

People are also welcome to take flowers and candles if they wish to.

Ashling's murder has left women in Ireland asking how this could have happened in broad daylight, sparking safety fears in the community.