A boy and a girl, both 15, have been charged with the murder of a young transgender girl in Warrington.
Emergency services were called to Linear Park in Culcheth by members of the public at around 3.13pm on Saturday, after a body was found on a path.
Brianna Ghey, 16, from Birchwood in Warrington, was pronounced dead at the scene.
A girl from Warrington and a boy from Leigh, both aged 15, have since been charged with murder and appeared at Chester Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.
They are due at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday, and have been remanded into youth detention for the time being.
Cheshire Police were granted a 30-hour extension to further question the suspects on Tuesday, and said that “all lines of enquiry are being explored, including whether this was a hate crime”.
On Tuesday evening, people gathered for candlelit vigils at St George’s Hall in Liverpool and at College Green in Bristol.
More vigils are due to be held across the country in coming days, including in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
A fundraiser has been set up, to cover funeral costs and “relieve their [her family’s] stress and allow them to grieve their beautiful daughter” on GoFundMe.
In a tribute issued after Brianna’s death on behalf of her family, they said the teenager was a “much-loved daughter, granddaughter, and baby sister”.
The statement continued: “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.”
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