Funeral for stabbed girl, 12, in Liverpool – archyde

Hundreds of mourners gathered at Liverpool Catholic Cathedral Thursday morning for the funeral of 12-year-old Ava White, who was stabbed to death after the city’s Christmas lights were turned on.

Photo: Danny Lawson/PA

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Photo: Danny Lawson/PA

It was a gray, wet day in Liverpool but there was a lot of color as a lot of people arrived in purple, pink, red and blue – anything but black by the family’s request.

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Her coffin, which had taken a horse-drawn carriage to Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, was covered with family photos of the 12-year-olds.

Ava was with friends turning on the Christmas lights in Liverpool when she was attacked on November 25th.

She was taken to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, where she died of her wounds. Police said they believe there was a “verbal argument” in which Ava suffered “catastrophic injuries”.

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon said: at the funeral, Ava was “a popular, loving young person” who was told that he would “try anything” and “not be afraid of anything”.

She loved going on vacation, doing mixed martial arts, singing, dancing, and making TikTok videos, he said.

He said, “Ava has been loved by so many people, heaven will no doubt be a happier place.”

Applause broke out as the coffin was carried out of the cathedral to continue its journey to Anfield crematorium.

McMahon then spoke about the “tragic and heartbreaking” loss of Ava which “deeply shook and saddened everyone in the city.

“Today’s participation in the Cathedral shows the unity and love we feel in Liverpool for Ava and her family. It was an incredibly moving and emotional funeral that was a fitting tribute to Ava.

“We continue to pray for Ava, her family, friends, teachers, and the community.”

Students and staff from Ava’s school, Notre Dame Catholic College, and staff from her previous school, Holy Trinity Catholic Primary School, attended.

After Ava’s death, her father took Robert Martin made a statement to thank the people for their continued support during a “devastating” time.

“Thanks to each of you for your kind messages and donations.

“As Ava’s family, we are utterly devastated and heartbroken by what happened and we ask that you respect our privacy at this point and allow us to grieve as a family.”

A vigil was held in Liverpool city center, near the incident, on December 4th. Hundreds of balloons, some in the shape of the letter A, were released simultaneously and Astrid Smith sang John Lennon’s Imagine.

A coroner opened an investigation into Ava’s death last week, during which he said she died from complications from a stab wound to the neck.

A 14-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared before the Liverpool Crown Court on November 29 charged with her murder. He is expected to be tried next year.

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