Family Tribute To Murdered Doncaster Girl
16 February 2012, 10:28 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50
The family of Casey Kearney, stabbed to death in Doncaster, have released a statement describing the pain they feel at her death.
Her parents said: "Loosing Casey has been so painful words cannot begin to explain. She was the most beautiful, intelligent and bright young girl with her whole life ahead of her."
South Yorkshire Police confirmed the 13 year old died from a single stab wound to her stomach.
It comes as 26 year old Hannah Bonser prepares to face magistrates charged with Casey's murder.
The teenager was found lying fatally injured in Elmfield Park on Tuesday afternoon after dialling 999 for help. She was taken to hospital but later died.
Bonser, of Cusworth House, Doncaster, has also been charged with two counts of possession of a bladed article.
Officers have described the incident as a "random, isolated attack'' and appealed for people to come forward.
It emerged Casey-Lyanne called police and a passer-by phoned for an ambulance, but despite their efforts she died in hospital hours later.
Detective Superintendent Terry Mann, of South Yorkshire Police, said officers were attempting to establish the teenager's movements after she left her home in Rossington at around midday on Tuesday.
He said Casey-Lyanne was intending to catch the bus to Doncaster town centre where she was going to meet a friend.
Catherine Brown, head teacher at McAuley Catholic High School, issued a statement on behalf of the governing body and staff and pupils.
It said: "Casey was a valued member of her form and year group and will be sadly missed by friends, pupils and staff. We are all thinking of her family and friends at this time.''