skip_previous play_arrow skip_next
00:00 00:00
  • cover play_arrow

    Rother Radio (128k) Love Local, Love Music!

  • cover play_arrow

    Rother Radio (64K) Love Local, Love Music!

  • cover play_arrow

    Hit Music Radio (128K) More Music Variety!

  • cover play_arrow

    Hit Music Radio (64K) The Best Variety of Hits!

UK News

‘Ava was loved by so many people’: Hundreds attend funeral of 12-year-old stabbed to death


share close

Despite the grand setting of Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Ava White’s funeral felt deeply personal and utterly tragic.

The 12-year old’s small coffin, led into the service by her older sister Mia, was carried by loved ones and covered with family photographs.

Ava’s family had asked people not to wear black, but bright colourful clothes, to reflect the lively, loved girl who they had lost.

Undated handout photo issued by Merseyside Police of 12-year-old Ava White who died after she was stabbed following an argument in Liverpool city centre. Issue date: Saturday November 27, 2021.
Image: 12-year-old Ava White died after she was stabbed in the neck

Outside, a group of mourners clapped as Ava’s body passed them.

Her funeral was open to the public and hundreds came: this, in Liverpool, feels frighteningly close to home.

Inside the cathedral were family, friends, lots of young people and members of the public who didn’t know Ava but know her tragic story.

A large Christmas tree, covered in white lights, stood just metres from Ava’s coffin.

More on Ava White

It felt like a sad visual reminder that Ava would not be here at a time of year meant for family, togetherness and joy.

Leading the service was the Archbishop of Liverpool, Malcolm McMahon.

In a moving address, he said: “There is little sadder in life than the death of the child.”

‘Grief is overwhelming’

“The grief we are experiencing is overwhelming.”

Ava White died on 25 November in Liverpool city centre
Image: Ava White’s coffin was covered with family photos

He described Ava as popular, spirited and fearless.

“This strong willed girl was loved by so many people,” the Archbishop said. “So no doubt heaven will be a happier place because of this exuberant young person.

“No doubt she will have taken it by storm.”

Friends and family were seen hugging each other at Ava's funeral
Image: Friends and family were seen hugging each other at Ava White’s funeral

Ava White was killed last month, on 25 November.

She had been in Liverpool city centre with a group of friends to watch the Christmas lights being turned on.

Stabbed in the neck

But shortly after, she was attacked and stabbed in the neck.

She died, later, at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

The funeral took place at Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral
Image: The funeral took place at Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral

A boy, 14, has been charged with Ava’s murder and is expected to go on trial next year.

But today there was no mention of a trial or an attack.

Instead, there was talk of love, fond memories and of a little girl, who still had so much life to live.

 Sky News

© Sky News 2021

Written by: Rother Radio News

Previous post

World News

TV you can taste – professor develops lickable TV prototype

An invention by a Japanese professor could take us one step closer to a multi-sensory viewing experience. A prototype of a lickable TV, dubbed Taste the TV (TTTV), with the ability to imitate food flavours is being developed. The TV works by combining sprays from a carousel of 10 flavour canisters which can replicate the taste of particular foods.The food flavoured spray is then rolled out on hygienic film over […]