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Casey-Lyanne Kearney death: Walk and concert raises money

Casey-Lyanne Kearney
Image caption Casey-Lyanne Kearney: A 26-year-old woman has been charged with her murder

Hundreds of pounds have been raised in charity walks and a concert in memory of a 13-year-old girl who was killed in a park in Doncaster was held.

Fundraisers said over 400 people had taken part in the walks, paying tribute to Casey-Lyanne Kearney.

Casey was fatally stabbed in Elmfield Park, Doncaster, on 14 February.

Hannah Bonser, 26, of Cusworth House, Doncaster, has been charged with her murder.

The fundraising walks were held between the park and Casey-Lyanne's home in Rossington, with Britain's Got Talent (BGT) singing duo 2 grand, performing in the village.

Zoe Dudley who organised a six mile walk in the afternoon, said it had been an emotional day.

'Pulled together'

"People are happy to be participating in it and we can't believe how many people have come.

"We've all pulled together as a community."

Ms Dudley said she thought more than £1,000 had been raised, which would be given to a member of Casey-Lyanne's family, for funeral costs or whatever they chose it to go towards.

"We can't bring a daughter back sadly but we know we can make life that little bit easier for them," said Ms Dudley.

Sallie Lax, 15, who reached the final of BGT in 2009 singing with her grandfather John Neill, attends McAuley Catholic High School where Casey-Lyanne was also a pupil, performed infront of the crowds before the walks took place.

The organisers said money was also expected to be raised by a raffle, a collection and from CD sales, later on in the day.

Casey died after dialling 999 for help following the attack in the centre of Doncaster.

She was treated at the scene by police and paramedics before being taken by ambulance to hospital where she later died.

Ms Bonser is also charged with two counts of possession of a bladed article.

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