The funeral of tragic teenager Brianna Ghey will take place today in Warrington.
A large number of people are expected to attend the service at St Elphin’s Parish Church.
Ahead of the funeral, Warrington Borough Council announced that no vehicles or bicycles would be permitted on Church Street or from Manchester Road to Farrell Street between 1 pm and 5pm. Anyone found to be in breach of the closure could face a penalty of up to £400
Brianna’s family requested that the mourners wear items of pink clothing during the service.
They have also asked donations to be made to Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) instead of flowers.
Brianna, 16, from Birchwood in Warrington, was found with fatal stab wounds on a path in Culcheth’s Linear Park shortly after 3pm on Saturday, February 11.
Emergency services were called at 3.13 pm and she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Two teenagers, aged 15, have been charged with Brianna’s murder.
The teenagers, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court via video link on February 16.
A trial date has been fixed by Judge David Aubrey KC for July 10 and the case is expected to last around three weeks.
An inquest into her death opened at Warrington Coroner’s Court on March 8 and was subsequently adjourned until after the trial. A pre-inquest hearing is scheduled for 17 August 2023.
Ghey was a 16-year-old transgender girl and a Year 11 pupil at Birchwood Community High School.
Her parents described her as “a larger-than-life character who would leave a lasting impression on all that met her”.
According to her friends, Ghey faced years of transphobic harassment and bullying before she died.