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Brianna Ghey: UK police investigating if stabbing of trans teen was ‘hate crime’

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Police in the UK are investigating whether the brutal murder of a transgender teen was a “hate crime”.

Brianna Ghey, 16, was stabbed to death at a park in the village of Culcheth, west of Manchester, just after 3pm on Saturday.

Cheshire Police previously said there was no evidence to suggest the teen’s gender identity played a part in her killing, The Sun reports.

But investigators have now issued a fresh statement, saying all lines are being explored, including if Brianna, who was transgender, was attacked as part of a hate crime.

The development comes after police were granted a further 30 hours to question two people who are currently being held in custody.

The boy and girl, both aged 15, were arrested on suspicion of the schoolgirl’s murder.

Brianna’s devastated friends are planning to pay tribute to her, joining members of the transgender community at a candlelight vigil.

Other gatherings will take place in London, Glasgow, Leeds and Belfast to remember the teenager.

A statement on behalf of Brianna’s family remembered the teenager as a “much-loved daughter, granddaughter and baby sister”.

It continued: “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.

“The loss of her young life has left a massive hole in our family, and we know that the teachers and her friends who were involved in her life will feel the same.”

Police were called to the park on Saturday after Brianna was found with serious injuries as a result of stab wounds. Investigators are continuing to search for a weapon and a post-mortem examination is planned.

Detective Chief Supt Mike Evans of Cheshire Police described the killing as a “targeted attack” on Brianna during a “busy day” at the park.

The schoolgirl was popular on social media platforms such as TikTok and Instagram, however some friends said she was bullied by fellow classmates.

This story originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission

Story Credit: news.com.au

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