'They are really struggling' - TD friend on grief of Ana's family
The family of tragic Ana Kriegel is "really struggling" but wants to reiterate a call for anyone with any information about her death to come forward to gardai.
Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy, a close friend of the family, yesterday told the Herald that Ana's parents wanted to thank people for their support and for respecting a request for privacy.
A vigil had been planned for Ana (14) yesterday but it was called off as her parents deal with their grief.
"They're really struggling," Ms Murphy said.
They are liaising with gardai regarding organising funeral arrangements.
Ana's body was found last Thursday in disused farm premises on the Clonee Road in west Dublin.
She had been reported missing the previous Monday.
It is believed she was sexually assaulted and died after being beaten over the head with a brick and sticks.
Gardai have launched a major investigation into the circumstances surrounding her death and have spoken to a number of people who may have been among the last to see her alive.
Ms Murphy's family's call for information came as gardai also asked for anyone who knows anything to get in contact with them.
Officers have been awaiting the results from DNA samples taken from the farmhouse and Ana's clothing, believing this to be crucial in the progress of their investigation.
"Gardai are particularly interested to hear from anyone who may have been in St Catherine's Park, Lucan, Co Dublin, on May 14 from 5pm," a spokesman said.
One of those spoken to by gardai - a 13-year-old boy - told them he was attacked by two men close to the derelict farmhouse where Ana was later murdered.
The boy was one of two teenagers traced by detectives after Ana's body was found in the disused premises on the Clonee Road.
The 13-year-old and his friend went to meet Ana in St Catherine's Park on Monday, May 14, hours before she was reported missing, according to sources.
Both are understood to have spoken to detectives.
One of the boys has told gardai he went with Ana to the derelict farm, a kilometre or so from St Catherine's Park, according to sources.
According to the boy's account, Ana left the area ahead of him, which was the last time he saw her.
He told gardai that as he went to leave the area, he was assaulted by two men and was injured.
Gardai are following up the boy's account and trying to track down the two men he says attacked him.
They are also examining blood found on the boy's clothing.