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The funeral of Ava White takes place today at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

2 years ago

The funeral of Ava White takes place today at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

Ava White died at just 12 years old after she was stabbed in Liverpool City Centre on November 25.

The funeral for 12-year-old schoolgirl Ava White who was stabbed to death following a Christmas lights switch-on is due to be held in Liverpool today.

Ava White died after she was stabbed in the city centre on November 25.

She was taken to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital after the attack at about 8.30pm, but later died from “catastrophic injuries”, police said.

Flowers were left near the scene in Liverpool city centre where the 12-year-old died (Peter Byrne/PA)

The funeral is being held at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral at 10am on Thursday.

Following Ava’s death, her father Robert Martin said the family were “completely devastated and heartbroken”.

In a statement released by Merseyside Police, he said: “We would like to say thank you to everybody for their ongoing support during this devastating time.

“Thank you to every one of you for your kind messages and donations.

Balloons are released at the vigil for Ava earlier this month (Danny Lawson/PA)

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

Hundreds of people paid tribute to her at a vigil earlier this month, and flowers and balloons were left in the city centre in her memory.

At the opening of her inquest into her death last week, senior coroner for Liverpool Andre Rebello said she was stabbed in the neck.

A 14-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with her murder and is due to appear in court for a plea and trial preparation hearing in February.

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