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Casey-Lyanne Kearney stabbing: Parents' tribute to daughter

Casey-Lyanne Kearney
Image caption Casey-Lyanne's parents said she was a 'beautiful, intelligent and bright young girl'

The parents of a 13-year-old who was found fatally stabbed in Doncaster have described her as a "beautiful, intelligent and bright young girl".

Casey-Lyanne Kearney died after dialling 999 for help following the attack in Elmfield Park on Tuesday.

In a statement, her family said "losing Casey has been so painful words cannot begin to explain".

Hannah Bonser, 26, of Cusworth House, Doncaster, has been remanded in custody after being charged with murder.

She appeared before Doncaster magistrates on Thursday and is also accused of two counts of possession of a bladed article.

Candlelit vigil

Casey-Lyanne's aunt Pamela Collen told the BBC the teenager was a "wonderful girl" with a "bright future".

She said her niece was "loved by everyone".

Image caption Hannah Bonser has been charged with Casey-Lyanne's murder

A post-mortem examination on Wednesday concluded that Casey-Lyanne sustained a single stab wound to the abdomen, South Yorkshire Police said.

It emerged that Casey-Lyanne called police and a passer-by phoned for an ambulance, but despite their efforts she died in hospital hours later.

A candlelit vigil in memory of the teenager is due to be held at the war memorial at Elmfield Park at 19:00 GMT on Thursday.

Organiser Lee McGuire said he was expecting at least 100 people to attend "as a mark of the community's respect and remembrance".

"We're all that shocked and touched by what's happened we want to show our support for this girl's family," he said.

"When something like this happens the whole community all pull together.

"We went through the miners' strike and it is coming from that sort of background that means when it comes to something like this we're all united."

School's shock

Catherine Brown, head teacher at McAuley Catholic High School, issued a statement on behalf of the governing body, staff and pupils.

It said: "The whole school community of McAuley Catholic High School is shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Casey Kearney, a pupil in year nine, in such tragic circumstances.

"Casey was a valued member of her form and year group and will be sadly missed by friends, pupils and staff.

"We are all thinking of her family and friends at this time.

"We look forward to welcoming students back to school on Monday where there will be appropriate support for them."

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