Cheshire police have described her killing as “a truly awful attack”
BY GEORGIA DIMDORE-MILES, IMAGE PROVIDED BY FAMILY
Brianna Ghey was a 16 year old trans girl with a large TikTok following. She posted her final video on the platform on Saturday just hours before she was murdered; her body was found in Linear Park, Cheshire with multiple stab wounds by several members of the local community. Two teens, one boy and one girl, both 15 years old, have now been arrested on suspicion of perpetrating the attack.
Local police are currently not treating the death as a hate crime, however they are still attempting to establish the motives behind the murder. Cheshire Det Ch Supt, Mike Evans said:
“At this time, there is no evidence to suggest that the circumstances surrounding Brianna’s death are hate related,” he said.
“Patrols have been stepped up in the local area and officers will remain in the Culcheth area to provide reassurance and address any concerns that residents may have.”
TikTok users have been taking to the platform to show their support and pay tribute to Brianna online. Flowers have also been laid out in the park where her body was found.
An outpouring of sorrow and solidarity has also been shared across other platform from the trans community and amongst allies. Jess Phillips, Labour MP, took to twitter to say:
Utterly tragic. Love especially to the parents of Brianna Ghey, unimaginable loss. https://t.co/SKN6FcUptg— Jess Phillips MP (@jessphillips) February 13, 2023
Trans newsreader India Willoughby has been outspoken about Brianna’s murder on Twitter. She posted this helpline for support for trans kids:
Helpline here for any trans kids https://t.co/JF3Kfsl50G— India Willoughby (@IndiaWilloughby) February 13, 2023
A verified fundraiser has also been set up, raising money for Brianna’s family “at this truly devastating time.”
The donations are to go directly to the family “to help them with funeral costs (we want to make this pink and colourful to match her personality) and ask if you can spare anything no matter how small to try to relieve their stress and allow them to grieve their beautiful daughter.”
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