Ava White, 12, died with ‘catastrophic injuries’ in Liverpool (Pictures: Rex/PA)
A boy, 14, has been charged with the murder of 12-year-old Ava White.
The ‘popular and bright’ schoolgirl was stabbed at a Christmas lights switch on in Liverpool on Thursday night.
Detectives believe Ava and her friends had been involved in an argument before she was attacked.
A passerby who found her collapsed on the ground gave her first aid as paramedics raced to the scene.
But she later tragically died in Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
A boy, 14, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with murder and possession of a bladed article.
He has been remanded in custody and will appear in court tomorrow.
Three other boys arrested have been conditionally bailed as extensive inquiries continue, Merseyside Police said.
Tributes have poured in for Ava, with one girl, 17, who knew her saying she was ‘a bubbly character’.
The schoolgirl has been described as ‘popular and bright’ (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)
Flowers near the scene in Liverpool city centre where the schoolgirl died (Picture: PA)
Lacey, who said her younger sister had been close friends with Ava, said: ‘She was just so loving and caring.
‘She came out with her friends to enjoy herself and I think it’s just wrong that this has happened.’
Headteacher Peter Duffy said: ‘She was an incredibly popular girl with a fantastic group of friends.’
Detective Superintendent Sue Coombs said: ‘We’re continuing to support Ava’s family and they have requested that their privacy continues to be respected at this difficult time.
‘It’s also vitally important as we continue the investigation that nobody posts comments or names on social media which could potentially impact upon us getting justice for Ava’s family.
‘Please trust us that we are doing all we can to investigate and update people on this tragic incident, and we do not want anything to jeopardise this.’
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