Ava White: Hundreds gather to pay tribute to schoolgirl, 12, stabbed to death in Liverpool leaving family 'devastated'

Ava White: Hundreds gather to pay tribute to schoolgirl, 12, stabbed to death in Liverpool leaving family 'devastated'

December 4, 2021

HUNDREDS of mourners gathered together tonight to pay tribute to a 12-year-old girl stabbed to death at a Christmas lights switch on.

Ava White suffered "catastrophic injuries" after being assaulted in Liverpool city centre last week.

A 14-year-old boy, who legally can't be named, has been charged with murder.

Heartbroken family and friends came together tonight outside the Primark where Ava was stabbed to death.

Glow sticks were handed out as the community paid tribute to the tragic schoolgirl.

And hundreds of balloons were released in her memory as hoards of locals came to pay their respects.

Singer Astrid Smith, who is the same age as Ava, sang a song in tribute to the schoolgirl.

And the crowds joined in for a touching rendition of Liverpool's 'You'll Never Walk Alone.'

A statement ahead of tonight's moving event said: "Tomorrow we will all come together as one, standing up against knife crime and standing strong for the family of a beautiful life lost.

"We stand together as we light Liverpool up for a beautiful little soul Ava White."

Tributes have flooded in for Ava since the tragedy unfolded.

Her dad Robert Martin said the family had been left "completely devastated and heartbroken".

A minute's applause was held during Wednesday's Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton.

Trent Alexander-Arnold wore a red top with 'RIP Ava White' written across the front in white letters under his Liverpool shirt.

Emergency crews rushed to the city centre on November 25 as families gathered to watch the Christmas lights being switched on.

Paramedics discovered Ava collapsed on the ground as a member of the public desperately tried to save her life.

She was rushed to hospital but sadly couldn't be saved and died shortly after.

The murder suspect appeared in court this week where he was remanded in secure accomodation.

Three other boys, aged 13, 14 and 15, arrested on suspicion of murder have been conditionally bailed.

Ava is honoured at the Merseyside derbyCredit: Reuters
Trent Alexander-Arnold paid tributeCredit: AFP

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