Brianna Ghey: Candle-lit vigils in memory of transgender teenager stabbed to death – as police probe whether it was hate crime | UK News
People have gathered for candle-lit vigils in memory of Brianna Ghey, a transgender teenager who was stabbed to death.
She was found on a pathway with serious injuries in Culcheth Linear Park, Cheshire, at around 3pm on Saturday.
Emergency services were called but Brianna, from Birchwood in Warrington, Cheshire, died at the scene.
Two vigils took place on Tuesday evening, with people gathering at College Green in Bristol city centre and at St George’s Hall in Liverpool.
In the coming days, more vigils, organised by members of the transgender community, are due to be held in cities around the UK.
Cheshire Police have arrested a boy and girl, both 15 years old and from the local area, on suspicion of murdering Brianna.
Police have said they are exploring “all lines of enquiry” – including whether she was targeted in a hate crime.
A spokesperson for the force said: “All lines of enquiry are being explored, including whether this was a hate crime.
“Please continue to avoid speculation online and be wary of sharing misinformation relating to this case.”
The force also said detectives had been granted another 30 hours to question the two suspects.
‘Strong, fearless and one of a kind’
Brianna’s family have paid tribute, describing her as a “larger-than-life character who would leave a lasting impression on all that met her”.
In a statement, the family said: “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.”
A GoFundMe crowdfunding page set up to help Brianna’s family has passed £70,000 in donations just one day after it was set up.