Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Tears shed at murdered girl funeral

Casey-Lyanne Kearney was fatally stabbed in Doncaster on February 14 this year

Dozens of school friends of a murdered teenager have left her packed funeral service in tears.

Casey-Lyanne Kearney, 13, was stabbed in Elmfield Park, Doncaster, on Valentine's Day after dialling 999 for help. She was found lying injured and died in hospital.

On Friday, around 300 people packed into the tiny St Wilfred's Church, in the Cantley area of Doncaster, with some left listening to the service from the road outside.

Many of the congregation wore orange ties or scarves - Casey-Lyanne's favourite colour.

After the half-hour service, many of the teenagers were crying and holding each other for comfort as they walked out of the churchyard.

Casey-Lyanne had left her home at around midday on Tuesday February 14 and caught the bus to Doncaster town centre, where she intended to meet a friend. She called the police and a passer-by phoned for an ambulance.

Last weekend, more than 200 people took part in two charity walks and a concert to raise money for Casey-Lyanne's family to cover funeral costs.

Canon John Willett. who led the service, read a tribute from Casey-Lyanne's father, Anthony.

It said: "From the moment you were gone I knew life could never be the same again. And the pain of losing you would be intense for a long time to come, probably forever. I am sure everyone will agree what a wonderful young girl you had become."

Hannah Bonser, 26, has appeared in court charged with Casey-Lyanne's murder and possession of two knives. She is in custody and due to appear next at Sheffield Crown Court on May 10.

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