Brianna Ghey: Two teenagers charged with trans schoolgirl’s death as candlelight vigil takes place in Bristol
Brianna Ghey was found stabbed to death in a park in Cheshire
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Two teenagers have been charged with the murder of a 16-year-old trans schoolgirl who was found stabbed to death in a park.
Brianna Ghey’s body was found with multiple stab wounds in Linear Park in Culcheth in Warrington, Cheshire, on Saturday (Feb 11).
Police rushed to the scene after receiving calls the popular teen had suffered serious injuries around 3pm, but she was tragically pronounced dead at the scene.
The two suspects, a boy and girl, both 15, were arrested on Sunday evening on suspicion of murder. And this morning, Cheshire Police confirmed they had been charged.
The force confirmed the girl is also from Warrington while the boy is from neighbouring Leigh, Gtr Manchester. Yesterday, the force confirmed it hadn’t ruled out that Brianna’s death was a hate crime, saying they were exploring “all lines of enquiry”.
A spokesman said today: “The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against both 15-year-olds are now active and that they have the right to a fair trial.
“It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”
Following her death, Brianna’s family paid tribute to her, calling her “beautiful, witty and hilarious.” They said: “Brianna was a much loved daughter, granddaughter, and baby sister. She was a larger than life character who would leave a lasting impression on all that met her.
“Brianna was beautiful, witty and hilarious. Brianna was strong, fearless and one of a kind.
“The loss of her young life has left a massive hole in our family, and we know that the teachers and her friends who were involved in her life will feel the same.
“We would like to thank everyone for their kind words and support during this extremely difficult time.”
Emma Mills, headteacher at Birchwood Community High School, where Brianna was a pupil, said: “We are shocked and truly devastated to hear of the death of Brianna.
“This is understandably a very difficult and distressing time for many, and we will do our utmost to support our pupils and wider school community.”
Last night, candlelit vigils, organised by members of the transgender community, were held in Liverpool and Bristol. In the coming days, vigils are due to be held in cities around the UK including Manchester, Glasgow and Leeds.