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Christina Edkins killing: Service for stabbed schoolgirl

Christina Edkins Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption A report last year concluded Christina Edkins's death was preventable

A memorial service has been held to remember a Birmingham girl who was stabbed to death on her way to school.

Christina Edkins, 16, was killed on a rush-hour bus in the city in March 2013.

Philip Simelane, 23, from Walsall admitted manslaughter and was detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act at a hearing at Birmingham Crown Court in October 2013.

A service was held at St Philip's Cathedral in the city.

Hundreds of people from across Birmingham attended Christina's funeral in 2013.

A memorial garden was also created at Leasowes High School in Halesowen.

A report last year found her death could have been prevented if Simelane had been given mental health treatment.

The 23-year-old was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

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