Ashling Murphy killing: Worst outcome of this sad time would be to make men the bad guys

Reason tells us that random attacks cannot be purely gender based

Floral tributes and candles are left after a vigil outside the London Irish Centre in Camden in memory of  Ashling Murphy: There were no vigils in New York, London and Edinburgh for Jastine Valdez.  Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/ PA Wire

Floral tributes and candles are left after a vigil outside the London Irish Centre in Camden in memory of Ashling Murphy: There were no vigils in New York, London and Edinburgh for Jastine Valdez. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/ PA Wire

The victim was young, beautiful and life was full of promise as she completed her studies. The murder happened in broad daylight, on a green and pleasant part of the Irish countryside. It was a random act of savage violence by a man against a woman. There were eyewitnesses.

Three years ago, the village of Enniskerry was in anguish over the abduction and murder of Jastine Valdez just as the people of Tullamore are over Ashling Murphy today. Jastine Valdez’s parents are “new Irish” and she was aspiring to that too. The Filipino/Irish community was gutted with grief. There was a candlelit vigil.

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