“Our beautiful and much-loved niece, Katie, died last night in a car accident.
“Please pray for her and for her devastated mother, father, brothers and extended family and friends,” wrote Paul Murphy on Facebook yesterday.
“Thanks to all the emergency services for their help and support. Rest in peace Katie.”
A student at St Angela’s School, Katie, 16, was a backseat passenger in a car that crashed into a wall on the Cliff Road in Tramore at 8.20pm.
There were three other people in the car at the time, the driver, aged 17, who sustained minor injuries and two other passengers, also aged 17, who received serious injuries.
All four were taken to University Hospital, Waterford, where Katie later passed away.
The road remained closed yesterday for forensic examination while the car was towed away at 11am.
Friends took to Facebook to pay tributes to the popular Waterford teenager, who was from the townland of Ballinamona.
“RIP Katie Murphy, still cannot come to terms that you are gone from this earth.
“It was an honour to have known you for the last number of years of your life, especially the first three years of school when you never failed to make the class laugh with your silly jokes. Dearly RIP angel,” posted one friend.
“RIP Katie mad how things change all of a sudden, last thing I expected to hear when I woke up this morning, rest in eternal paradise angel,” wrote another tribute.
Other friends expressed their heartbreak at the sudden death of the teenager with one describing her as “amazing”.
“My thoughts are with the family and friends of Katie Murphy she was an amazing person,” said the friend.
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information, are asked to contact them at Tramore Garda 051 391 620, The Garda Confidential Line, 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.