Emotions deep in North West England following the murder of a 16-year-old British transgender girl. Brianna Ghey’s body was found in a park in Culchet, near Liverpool. With police still trying to establish the possible motives of the two suspects, many tributes and candlelight vigils will be held this Tuesday night, particularly by the transgender communities of Liverpool and Bristol.
“All possibilities are being examined, including whether it constitutes a hate crime,” local police said in a statement Tuesday. Investigators have been given a 30-hour extension to continue questioning two suspects, a boy and a girl, both 15, in police custody.
“Brianna was strong”
Police have urged the public to avoid online speculation and be careful not to spread false information about the case.
In a statement released by police, her family paid tribute to a “beautiful, funny and hilarious” young girl, “Brianna was strong, fearless and unique,” they added, her disappearance “leaves a great rift in our family.” That Monday, many of Brianna’s comrades had laid flowers at the entrance to the police-blocked park where she was found stabbed.
A fundraiser organized to help his family had raised over £70,000 in one day.