In the Bristol City Centre in England, a candlelight vigil was held on Tuesday in memory of Brianna Ghey, a 16-year old transgender girl who was fatally stabbed in a park.
The heart of England is often a bustling place, but for Ghey death it was transformed into a memorial, with people staying warm with bright candles.
On Saturday afternoon, civilians discovered a schoolgirl lying on a path at Linear Park in Culcheth, Cheshire and wounded with multiple stab wounds.
The Cheshire police force was granted an additional 30 hours to determine if Ghey’s murder was a result of a hate crime. They initially detained two 15-year old teenagers on suspicion of the victim's murder.
On Wednesday, the two teenagers were charged with Ghey’s murder, according to CNN.
Police have stated that while they are exploring all options, there was no evidence to suggest the death of this transgender teenager was hate-related..
Ghey was in year 11 and had a sizable following on TikTok. Her death made international headlines. Sympathisers and members of the transgender community that followed her social media are organising more vigils in addition to the one hosted by the family across the nation.
Vigils are anticipated over the next few days in Leeds, Manchester and Glasgow. Aberdeen, Reading, Plymouth, Brighton, Belfast, London, and York are among the other locations where more events are scheduled.
Brianna's passing has wounded her family, who paid tribute to their "much loved daughter, granddaughter and baby sister.” They stated, “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.”
She was a larger-than-life character who would leave an enduring effect on everyone who encountered her, they added.
While nearby the park at the time of the incident, the local councillor Valerie Allen said to BBC North West that she didn't see a thing, however when seeing the police cars come flying down, she knew something had happened.
A GoFundMe campaign was established to assist Brianna's family in funeral fees. Their goal was £4,216 and it has currently surpassed to a total of £99,000 in donations.
On Monday, some pupils who were still wearing their school uniforms left flowers at the police barricade at the park entrance.
Brianna's school, Birchwood Community High School, was "shocked and truly devastated" by her passing, according to the headmaster.
Additionally, Brianna has received tributes on social media, particularly Tik Tok, where she had a significant fan base.
The LGBTQ+ advocacy group Stonewall tweeted that their thoughts are with Brianna Ghey and her loved ones and that they urge anyone who may have information which will help the police with their enquiries to come forward.
Police stated that a post-mortem examination was anticipated and that they were still looking for the used weapon. Additionally, they are looking for an explanation for the attack.
There have been more patrols in the well-known dog-walking area, and anyone with information is requested to call Cheshire Police.
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