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'Rest in power': Vigils held across UK to remember trans teen fatally stabbed in park

A series of vigils were held across the country on Friday night to remember Brianna Ghey, the 16-year-old who was stabbed to death last weekend in Warrington, Cheshire.

Hundreds of people gathered at the Hippodrome in Birmingham
Hundreds of people gathered at the Hippodrome in Birmingham© PA

Hundreds of people gathered at Culcheth Village Green close to where Brianna, a transgender girl, was found with fatal stab wounds on a path in a park on 11 February.

The vigil was attended by the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham and his daughter Annie. Mr Burnham was brought up in the village.

"Here to remember Brianna, send our love to her family and support to young trans people everywhere," he tweeted.

Many of those at the vigil - one of dozens around the UK - wore "Rest in power Brianna Ghey" T-shirts as crowds sang Over The Rainbow.

Tricia Anderton, 59, the secretary of Culcheth Village Choir, said: "We were very proud to play even just a small part of this evening's vigil for Brianna. 

Brianna Ghey was found with fatal stab wounds in a park in Warrington on 11 February
Brianna Ghey was found with fatal stab wounds in a park in Warrington on 11 February© PA

"We are a very close community in Culcheth, with many of our choir members having lived in the village for many years and this awful tragedy has touched the hearts of everyone.

"We were asked specifically to sing Over The Rainbow, and it was so lovely to hear everyone joining in.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Brianna's family and friends."

Hundreds of people also gathered outside the Hippodrome Theatre in Birmingham, and other vigils took place in Southampton, Nottingham and Edinburgh.

Meanwhile in a statement, Brianna's family said they were "overwhelmed" by the "support, positivity and compassion" shown across the country.

Further memorials are planned over the weekend, with another in her home town of Warrington on Saturday afternoon.

A boy and a girl, both aged 15, have been charged with her murder - they appeared via videolink at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday.

A trial date has been set for July.

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