Patrick Kriegel (pictured leaving the Central Criminal Court in Dublin, 2019 with his wife Geraldine) 'couldn't bear the pain' of losing his daughter Ana
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The father of murdered Ana Kriegel has passed away four years after his daughter was brutally murdered.

Patrick Kriegel ‘died peacefully’ at the family home in Leixlip in County Kildare, Ireland last weekend and was laid to rest yesterday.

Ana was found dead aged 14 after being sexually assaulted and bludgeoned with a concrete block by Ireland’s youngest killers, who were 13-years-old at the time. 

At Patrick’s funeral at Newlands Cross Crematorium, his wife Geraldine said the dad ‘couldn’t bear the pain of losing his little girl’, The Irish Sun reports, although his cause of death has not been revealed. 

Ana, who had been adopted by the couple from Russia when she was two years old, sparked a frantic search after her parents reported her missing in May 2018. 

Patrick Kriegel (pictured leaving the Central Criminal Court in Dublin, 2019 with his wife Geraldine) 'couldn't bear the pain' of losing his daughter Ana

Patrick Kriegel (pictured leaving the Central Criminal Court in Dublin, 2019 with his wife Geraldine) ‘couldn’t bear the pain’ of losing his daughter Ana

Ana Kriegel, 14, was found dead in an abandoned farmhouse in Luca, Co. Dublin, in May 2018 following a three-day search after her parents reported her missing

Ana Kriegel, 14, was found dead in an abandoned farmhouse in Luca, Co. Dublin, in May 2018 following a three-day search after her parents reported her missing

Fourteen-year-old Ana had been sexually assaulted and bludgeoned to death with a concrete rock. Two 13-year-old boys were arrested over her murder

Fourteen-year-old Ana had been sexually assaulted and bludgeoned to death with a concrete rock. Two 13-year-old boys were arrested over her murder

Her naked body was found three days later in an abandoned farmhouse in Lucan, County Dublin.

The following year two boys, who can only be identified as Boy A and Boy B, were found guilty of her murder. Boy A was also convicted of sexual assault. 

In a statement at the sentencing in October 2019, Geraldine Kriegel said she and Partrick were haunted at the ‘torture and sadistic violation’ the killers had put their daughter through.

In a pre-recorded message to mourners at Patrick’s funeral, the widow said: ‘My darling Patrick couldn’t bear the pain of losing his little girl.’

Despite his pain, Geraldine talked of how her ‘best friend and soulmate’, who was originally from Paris, could ‘fill your heart with joy’ when he laughed.

He was described by loved ones as a traditional Frenchman who had a sharp Irish sense of humour. 

Recalling how she adopted Ana, she said the teen and her brother Aaron had turned the couple’s lives into a ‘whirlwind adventure’.

After Ana was heartlessly taken from the parents, Geraldine described how she and Patrick leaned on each other and shared their grief.

She described how the pair suffered through the agony of losing Ana, and how Patrick, who worked as a university lecturer, never quite got over it.

The funeral celebrant described how the teen’s murder ‘extinguished’ a light in her father’s heart.

Ana had been adopted from Russia by her parents Patrick and Geraldine when she was two years old. She was raised in County Kildare, Ireland

Ana had been adopted from Russia by her parents Patrick and Geraldine when she was two years old. She was raised in County Kildare, Ireland

The teenager's death sparked outrage in the community as her killers, known as Boy A and Boy B, became the youngest people ever to be convicted of murder in Ireland

The teenager’s death sparked outrage in the community as her killers, known as Boy A and Boy B, became the youngest people ever to be convicted of murder in Ireland

Patrick and Geraldine Kriegel (pictured at Central Criminal Court after the boys were sentenced) said they were haunted by what their daughter went through in the final moments of her life

Patrick and Geraldine Kriegel (pictured at Central Criminal Court after the boys were sentenced) said they were haunted by what their daughter went through in the final moments of her life

In a touching tribute to Patrick, a recording of him singing one of his favourite French songs, L’Invitation Au Voyage, was played to mourners.

A montage of family photos, including of Patrick and Ana, was displayed as messages were read out to the crowd. 

Ana’s tragic death rocked the community as the two boys convicted of her murder became the youngest murderers Ireland had ever seen.

During the six-week trial, the court heard how Boy A had a book containing a ‘satanic pledge’ in his house.

After being found guilty of the brutal murder, Boy A was detained for 15 years with a review after 12 years, and sentenced to another 12 years for sexually assaulting Ana, to run concurrently.

Boy B, also found guilty of murder, was sentenced to 15 years’ detention with the possibility for parole after eight years.

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