Brianna Ghey: Vigil held near park where she was found in Culchethon February 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Students from nearby schools were in the crowd and some wore T-shirts with the slogan Rest In Power.

People gather on the village green

About 1,000 people have turned out for a candlelit vigil in the village where Brianna Ghey was found fatally wounded.

The 16-year-old transgender girl died after being found stabbed in Linear Park in Culcheth, Warrington, on Saturday.

A boy and girl, both aged 15, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday charged with her murder.

Crowds also sang Over The Rainbow while pubs and shops turned their lights off as a sign of respect.

Brianna Ghey

Image source, Family handout

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham and his daughter Annie attended the memorial.

He tweeted: “Here to remember Brianna, send our love to her family and support to young trans people everywhere.”

People attended a candle-lit vigil outside the Hippodrome Theatre in Birmingham

Image source, PA Media

Members of the public also gathered outside the Hippodrome Theatre in Birmingham on Friday night and in Southampton, Nottingham and Edinburgh.

Earlier, all of the UK’s LGBTQ+ radio stations held a minute’s silence in memory of Brianna.

Presentational grey line

At the scene

Paul Lockitt, BBC Radio Manchester

Crowds gathered on Culcheth village green to pay their respects to Brianna, just a few hundred yards from the Linear Park where she was found stabbed a week ago.

Many of those in the crowd were students from nearby schools.

Floral displays and candles were laid out under a tree, and many of those attending wore T-shirts with the slogan Rest In Power and a photo of Brianna.

There were moving tributes from local dignitaries, including the Mayor of Warrington Jean Flaherty followed by a two-minute silence.

The event took place behind the local library, which Cheshire police have been using as a temporary base to carry out their investigation into the schoolgirl’s death.

To finish the vigil, a firework display lit the night sky as people made their way home.

Presentational grey line
Candles on Culcheth village green
People lay flowers in Culcheth

A number of vigils have been held over the past week for Brianna and more memorials are planned over the weekend, including another in Warrington on Saturday.

Brianna’s family said they had been “overwhelmed” by the “support, positivity and compassion” they have received.

A fundraising page set up to support the family has raised more than £100,000.

Presentational grey line

Why not follow BBC North West on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram? You can also send story ideas to

- Advertisement -




Max Whitlock: Olympic champion felt like ‘complete failure’ after retirement thoughtson September 24, 2022 at 12:02 am

Three-time Olympic gold medallist Max Whitlock "felt like a complete failure" when he contemplated stepping away from the sport after the Tokyo Games.Three-time Olympic...

World number one Djokovic sees off spirited GB teenager Draper – highlights & reporton June 28, 2021 at 6:41 pm

British teenager Jack Draper takes the opening set off Novak Djokovic but the defending champion fights back to reach the Wimbledon second round.Venue: All...

Rayan: Moroccan boy trapped in well for four days has diedon February 5, 2022 at 9:38 pm

A royal statement announced the five year old's death shortly after the four-day rescue effort ended.A royal statement announced the five year old's death...

Wimbledon 2022: Player smashes ball at opponent’s nether regionson July 9, 2022 at 12:33 pm

Paul Inchauspe gets hit in the nether regions from point-blank range by Sebastian Gorzny in their junior boys' doubles match at Wimbledon.Paul Inchauspe gets...

Lee Ryan: Blue singer to face speeding chargeson June 2, 2021 at 7:34 pm

The 37-year-old pop singer is accused of speeding in a Mercedes on two occasions on the same road.The 37-year-old pop singer is accused of...