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exclusive Catherine Murphy, TD and Kriegel family friend: 'We must remember Ana as the vibrant, loving child that she was'

Two teenage boys were sentenced to life and 15 years respectively last week for the brutal and inexplicable murder of Ana Kriegel. Then aged 13, the boys lured 14-year-old Ana to an abandoned house, where one sexually assaulted and murdered her and the other watched. Passing sentence following a harrowing trial, Mr Justice Paul McDermott said Ana's short life should not be defined by the crimes committed against her. In an interview with Maeve Sheehan, Catherine Murphy, a close friend of the Kriegel family and Social Democrats TD for Kildare, remembers Ana as she was, a strong, captivating child certain to leave her mark on the world had she been allowed to live her life

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From beaming princess to shy teen - Ana's life in pictures. Photos published with family permission

From beaming princess to shy teen - Ana's life in pictures. Photos published with family permission

From beaming princess to shy teen - Ana's life in pictures. Photos published with family permission

'Very often when somebody adopts a child, their personalities might not be so closely matched with the parents. Ana and Geraldine and Patric were just so right for each other.

They got such fun and joy from each other. Geraldine said in their victim impact statement that Ana was the love of their lives and that's absolutely what she was. She completed them.

I remember when they adopted Ana. One of our friends was the 'privileged' one who was going to go collect them from the airport. We were all very excited for them because Ana was really going to change their lives. We used to socialise with Geraldine and Patric every week up to that point. But their whole social life changed once she arrived. Everything was focused around Ana, the going out stopped. They were very dedicated to her and so thrilled to get her.


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