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Funeral held for stabbed 16-year-old transgender girl

By Agence France-Presse Published Mar 16, 2023 9:35 am

Family and friends of a 16-year-old British transgender girl who was stabbed to death in a park paid their last respects on Wednesday, March 15 at her funeral.

Brianna Ghey was found fatally stabbed in broad daylight in Warrington, northwest England, on Feb. 11, drawing international attention.

Cheshire Police have charged two 15-year-olds, a boy and a girl, with her murder and they are due to go on trial at Liverpool Crown Court in July. Neither accused can be named because of their age.

Police previously said officers were exploring whether Ghey was the victim of an anti-transgender hate crime.

At a pink-themed funeral at a Warrington church, mourners turned out in all shades of the color to honor her "colorful personality."

The horse-drawn carriage transporting the coffin of murdered transgender teenager Brianna Ghey, arrives at St Elphin's Church in Warrington, northern England for the funeral service.

The late teenager's mother, Esther, wore a pink suit, other family wore pink ties and dresses while many attendees carried pink balloons and flowers.

Ghey's pink coffin, topped with roses and carnations, was borne in a carriage drawn by two white horses festooned in pink plumes.

Local priest Debbie Lovatt asked for prayers for the family and friends and for "light in the darkness" of her death.

"Inspire us to create a world where all people are valued and safe and all your creation is honored," she told those gathered.

Thousands of people attended candlelit vigils across the country after Ghey's death, in a show of support for the LGBTQ+ community.

The teenager had created a large following on social media site TikTok.

An online fundraising page set up for her grieving family has since raised more than £113,000 (P7 million).

Relatives have said they want to dedicate any money raised to a project to train school staff in mindfulness, as a legacy to Ghey. (AFP)