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Casey-Lyanne Kearney stabbing: Hundreds attend vigil

Hundreds of people have attended a candlelit vigil in memory of a 13-year-old girl who was fatally stabbed in Doncaster.

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

Friends and relatives lit candles, laid floral tributes and released Chinese lanterns at the scene.

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

'Just amazing'

Local residents taking part in the vigil at the war memorial in the park stood in silence as a mark of respect to Casey-Lyanne.

Emily, a friend of Casey-Lyanne, said the teenager would be greatly missed.

"She treated everyone with respect and looked after them and just made everyone laugh and smile," she said.

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

Kate, a classmate of Casey-Lyanne's, said she was "just friendly all the time with everyone".

Another friend, Shakita, said she was so shocked over Casey-Lyanne's death that she could not even cry.

"She was just amazing in every single way. There was nothing wrong with her at all and she didn't let anything get to her," she said.

Sharleene Finn, whose daughter knew Casey-Lyanne, said it was important for people to get together at the vigil.

"It means a lot to be able to pay your respects to such a young child whose life has been taken away," she said.

'All united'

Vigil organiser Lee McGuire said it was held "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."

Earlier, John Willis, who went to Casey-Lyanne's aid after the attack, said the teenager's death had deeply affected him.

"Having subsequently seen some photographs of Casey on the internet being young, healthy and alive, a vibrant young girl with lots of colour, it's different to the person I saw," he said.

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