Courage in face of ‘unbearable pain’
Patrick Kriegel, father of murdered 14-year-old Ana Kriegel, has died.
Mr Kriegel attended every day of the 2019 murder trial of the two boys who were convicted of the murder of his teenage daughter in 2018.
The boys, who remain unnamed because they are underage, subjected Ana Kriégel, to a violent attack and sexual assault in an abandoned house Lucan, before she was murdered. Boy A was sentenced to life imprisonment, to be reviewed after 12 years – while boy B will serve a term of 15 years, with a review after 8 years.
Mr Kriegel and his wife were praised for their dignity and courage in the face of their devastating loss and the harrowing evidence presented at the trial of the violence committed against their beloved daughter.
A notice from the family on RIP said that he is “sadly missed by his loving wife, Aaron, Bruno, Nathalie, Phillippe and all his loving family and friends.”
He died peacefully at his home on 19 June, the death notice said.
It reads: “Beloved husband of Geraldine and dear father of the late Anastasia (Ana). Sadly missed by his loving wife, Aaron, Bruno, Nathalie, Phillippe and all his loving family and friends.
“Funeral Service on Thursday afternoon (23rd June) at Newlands Cross Crematorium at 2pm.”
In their victim impact statement in 2019, Patrick and Geraldine Kriegel spoked of their sorrow, loss and sense of horror at what had happened to their daughter.
“No one could suspect the evil that lay in waiting for her. No one could anticipate the darkness that swirled in the souls of those that murdered and violated her. How could any child or even any adult imagine, in their worst nightmares, the danger that lay ahead? She wanted to live but she was not permitted to do that,” they said.
“Our lives are destroyed by what happened to Ana. We cannot look at a group of teenage boys in the same way ever again. That cold fear hits and brings all the horror back. Imagine the terror. Imagine the pain she suffered. That will live with us – all our lives.”
Many of those leaving condolences made reference to Mr Kriegel’s dignity and the “unbearable pain” the family had endured.
“Deepest sympathy to you Geraldine and all the Kriégel family on the passing of Patrick so soon after the unbearable pain, trauma and sadness of losing your beautiful daughter, Ana. In TU Dublin, Patrick was a gentleman to his fingertips, always exuding a sense of carefree and dignified good humour to his colleagues and students. May he and Ana rest in peace and may you get consolation from the many wonderful memories you have of them both and the thoughts and messages expressed by all on this forum,” wrote one man.
“Loving father whose heart never mended, After his daughters tragic passing, hold her in your arms and look after your family left behind, may you both rest in eternal peace xx,” said another sympathiser.