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Wednesday 21 August 2019

Heartbroken parents set to plant tree in memorial to murdered Ana

Patric and Geraldine Kriegel
Patric and Geraldine Kriegel

The parents of Ana Kriegel will attend a tree planting and plaque unveiling ceremony today in memory of their beloved daughter.

Patric and Geraldine Kriegel will plant the white cherry blossom tree and unveil a plaque inscribed on a bench in Ana's memory.

The low-key event for Ana's loved ones and those from nearby estates in Leixlip, Co Kildare, will take place at 5.30pm at Leixlip Manor Hotel.

Tribute

Social Democrats TD for North Kildare Catherine Murphy said: "This is a very low-key event, organised by the hotel and it's taking place in the hotel grounds.

"I know people have lots of ideas for paying tribute to Ana but the thing about this is, it has to be appreciated the family have come through a fairly gruelling number of weeks in relation to the trial.

"They are still awaiting sentencing and are very much aware of the support they are receiving locally and nationally. They very much appreciate that.

"There will probably be something that will happen in the future in terms of a bigger event that will be done in Ana's memory. But this is a small, tentative step."

The hotel grounds are close to the entrance of St Catherine's Park on the Leixlip side.

Ana was tragically found dead on the Lucan side of the park, in a dilapidated farmhouse, in May last year.

Ms Murphy added: "There won't be any speeches, it is very low-key. The expectation was people in neighbouring estates may like to come on foot but it really is a small, low-key event."

There has been a national outpouring of grief for the teenager since her death.

On June 18, Ana's parents paid tribute to their daughter after two boys were found guilty of her murder last year.

Speaking outside the court, Ana's father Patric said: "Ana was our strength."

Her mother Geraldine added: "Ana was a dream come true for us and she always will be.

"She will stay in our hearts, forever loved and forever cherished.

"We love you Ana."

They were speaking after two teenage boys were found guilty before the Central Criminal Court of the murder of the schoolgirl.

Difficult

One of them, known as Boy A, has also been found guilty of aggravated sexual assault.

The boys, who were both 13 years old at the time, had denied the offences.

Mr Justice Paul McDermott remanded both boys in custody and adjourned sentencing to July 15.

The judge also ordered probation and psychiatrist's reports for both defendants, as well as school reports and any another other available reports, saying he was "seeking professional assistance" in relation to this very difficult case.

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