Liverpool were full of grief and anger on Friday after Ava White’s death, reports Hannah Miller from the city
A 12-year-old girl who was stabbed to death after a Christmas candle in Liverpool received a ‘peace ambassador’ award from a charity just two years ago.
“Popular” and “bright” Ava White had been in town with friends Thursday when she suffered “catastrophic injuries” in an assault at 8:39 p.m., following an altercation, Merseyside Police said.
Four boys, one aged 13, two aged 14 and one aged 15, all from the Toxteth area of the city, remain in custody after being arrested on suspicion of murder.
On Friday, flowers were laid on Church Street in honor of Notre Dame Catholic College student as forensic scientists and police searched the place.
In 2019, Ava won a ‘Peace Ambassador’ award from the Peace Foundation, which was formed by activist Colin Parry OBE, whose son was killed by an IRA bomb in Warrington.
He wrote about Ava’s death on Twitter, saying: “Ava White, who was stabbed to death in Liverpool, received an ‘Peace Ambassador’ award from Wendy Parry and I on behalf of the Peace Foundation in 2019. What a tragic loss for her family. Our Peace Foundation will be at her school again on Monday. RIP Ava. “
After the stabbing, Ava was rushed to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, where she died shortly afterwards.
Police have confirmed that she was assaulted with a knife before she “collapsed to the ground”, saying that “a member of the public who witnessed the incident gave first aid”.
Merseyside Police say the suspected perpetrators were seen running up School Lane across Hanover Street and on to Fleet Street after the incident.
Merseyside Police provide an update after four teenage boys were arrested
No weapon has been found yet.
Detective Inspector Sue Coombes, who is leading the investigation, said: “We have a number of witnesses, including family members and friends.”
She goes on to say that a small group of young people were present when Ava was assaulted, saying that there are a number of witnesses from whom ‘they want to seek clarity’.
Police say there is “a lot of CCTV” that they are searching through to understand how the argument escalated.
Assistant Chief Constable Ngaire Waine said the incident was “sad for the city” but “even more sad” for Ava’s family.
She said: “We will do everything we can to make sure we get justice for her, but then I’m sure we will look at whether there were things we could have done or our partners could have done that could have made a difference., because we never want another 12-year-old, here or elsewhere, to be murdered when they are out having fun with their friends. ”
In a speech to ITV News, Ava’s former headmistress at her elementary school paid tribute to her.
Ava White’s former headmistress at Trinity Catholic Primary School paid tribute to her
“She was just so sweet, and that’s how the staff remembers her,” said Rebecca Flynn of Trinity Catholic Primary School.
“All the staff today have said how quiet she was, she was kind, she was caring, and it’s devastating that this is happening to her.”
Fleet Street, School Lane and Church Alley in Liverpool city center remain closed while the investigation continues.
Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has information that can help police with their inquiries, please contact DM @MerPolCC or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 with reference 0899 of 25 November.
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