Brianna Ghey funeral: Friends and family pay tribute to ‘prettiest, most perfect girl’

White horses bring Brianna Ghey's pink coffin to her funeral

Brianna Ghey, the trans girl stabbed dead in a Warrington park in February, has been laid to rest following a moving funeral service.

The 16-year-old was fatally stabbed in Culcheth Linear Park, in Warrington, last month, and her death rocked the LGBTQ+ community. 

Tributes were paid during an emotional service at St Elphin’s Parish Church, led by Reverend Debbie Lovatt. 

The church organ played a rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Misérables as Ghey’s family and friends – dressed in pink to honour the teenager – arrived.

The pink coffin arrived on a horse-drawn carriage to a sombre crowd of mourners, many of them strangers who went to pay their respects, and was carried into the church to the sound of Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games”. 

A mourner wipes away tears as they arrive for Brianna Ghey’s funeral. (Oli Scarff/AFP)
WARRINGTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 15: The coffin Brianna Ghey is carried into St Elphin's Church on March 15, 2023 in Warrington, United Kingdom. Brianna Ghey, a transgender girl, was stabbed in Culcheth Linear park, Cheshire on the evening of 11th February 2023. Two teenagers charged with the 16-year-old's murder have appeared in court and been remanded to Youth Detention. Brianna's family has paid tribute to their daughter saying "She was a larger-than-life character who would leave a lasting impression on all that met her. Brianna was beautiful, witty and hilarious. Brianna was strong, fearless and one of a kind". They have requested mourners wear pink to the funeral. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
The coffin Brianna Ghey is carried into St Elphin’s Church (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Brianna Ghey’s grandmother pledged that she would be in her heart for ever, The Liverpool Echo reported.

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“You can be whoever you want and will be accepted with love and celebration,” she said.

Ghey’s friends described the her as the “prettiest, most perfect girl” and recalled how loved she was. 

A letter from the teen’s school, Birchwood Community High, was read out.

“We will miss her wit and her humour. We will even miss her insults and her putting us all in our place, as she so loved to do,” they said.

“We are so glad Brianna came to join us at Birchwood. We are so glad that she was part of our school community as we learnt so much from her. 

“We learned so much about strength and determination to be one’s true self. And that is something that we all carry with us.

“She was a true one-off, unique and truly unforgettable. What a privilege it was to know her.” 

The funeral service was relayed on speakers so the crowds gathered outside could also hear the tributes. 

Mourners leaving St Elphin’s on Wednesday. (Oli Scarff/AFP)
A copy of Brianna Ghey's funeral order of service
A mourner holds a copy of the order of service outside St Elphin’s Church. (Oli Scarff/AFP)

Prior to Brianna Ghey’s funeral, tributes were paid to Brianna Ghey by local figures, LGBTQ+ activists and support groups. 

Warrington North MP Charlotte Nichols said in a statement: “I’m sending all my love to her family, friends and classmates on this difficult day, and hope this opportunity to remember Brianna together will help ease the passage of grief for all those who loved her. May her memory for ever be a blessing. 

“Brianna’s mum is raising money for the Mindfulness in Schools Project to train a member of staff in as many Warrington schools as possible in mindful practices so her legacy is one of supporting young people across the town.”

Anti-abuse charity, Galop, wrote on Twitter. “Our national LGBT+ abuse and violence helpline is here to offer emotional support.”

A boy and a girl, both 15, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have been charged with Brianna Ghey’s murder. They are due to go on trial at Liverpool Crown Court on 10 July.

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