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Thursday 19 September 2019

'Do the right thing,' father of Raonaid tells killer

Heartfelt plea: Jim Murray said his daughter Raonaid died alone and frightened, and appealed for her killer to confess. Photo:
Heartfelt plea: Jim Murray said his daughter Raonaid died alone and frightened, and appealed for her killer to confess. Photo:

Gabija Gataveckaite

The heartbroken father of murdered teenager Raonaid Murray has urged her killer to "do the right thing and confess your crime" 20 years on.

Jim Murray said time had not lessened the family's sense of grief and loss, but had made it "deeper and more profound".

Gardaí made a renewed appeal for information on the brutal murder of Raonaid (17) on the anniversary of her death yesterday.

Raonaid's murder remains unsolved two decades after her death near her Dublin home, with no prime suspect or motives identified.

The teenager was last seen at 11.20pm on Friday, September 3, 1999, on her way home from Dún Laoghaire town centre.

She was found dead just over an hour later in Silchester Crescent in Glenageary, less than 500 yards from her home.

Mr Murray said: "Our beautiful child died on the pavement, with no loving, caring person there to help her, comfort her.

"Raonaid's killer is free. That freedom mocks what should have been Raonaid's life, and mocks the horror of her death.

"To her killer we say: come out from the shadows and own up to what you have done. Do the right thing and confess your crime," he said.

"To us, her awful death is still vivid in our minds and we feel the pain of her loss every day.

"We ask anyone who may have undisclosed information to come forward to the gardaí.

"Help us find Raonaid's murderer.

"Time has not lessened our sense of grief and loss, except it's deeper and more profound."

He added: "Raonaid died alone and frightened, her killer is free. For Raonaid's sake, help find her murderer and get her the justice she deserves."

Gardaí said their investigation continues, with fortnightly conferences held in the incident room in Dún Laoghaire garda station.

In a statement, they urged anyone with information to come forward, saying: "You may be unknowingly shielding a killer.

"Many who were then Raonaid's age are now parents themselves with children, some of which would now be close to Raonaid's age, and we would ask them to reflect now with the benefit of maturity and hindsight on any information which may be of assistance to the investigation.

"If any person has any information which could assist in identifying a motive for the murder of Raonaid and/or if any person has any doubts about the veracity of an alibi already provided, we would appeal for your immediate assistance."

Gardaí will also review all composite sketches and photo-fits in relation to the case.

The murder has been reviewed by the serious crime review team, with separate modules identified for examination.

These include a review of each of the suspects identified during the course of the investigation.

"Nearly 200 suspects have been identified and examined during the course of the investigation, resulting in a total of 14 arrests," gardaí stated.

They will also re-examine inquiries arising from nearly 5,000 questionnaires which were completed through checkpoints, house-to-house inquiries and licensed premises during the course of the original investigation.

Irish Independent

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