TWO teenagers have been charged with murder after a 16-year-old girl was stabbed to death in a park.
Brianna Ghey, who was transgender, was tragically found dead at Linear Park in Culcheth, Warrington on Saturday.
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Police had received calls that the teen had been found with serious injuries and raced to the popular park around 3pm.
But tragically Brianna, from the Birchwood area of Warrington in Cheshire, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Cops quickly launched a murder investigation into what they described as a “targeted attack”.
On Sunday evening they confirmed two teenagers had been arrested on suspicion of murder.
And this morning they revealed the girl, from Warrington, and boy, from Leigh, had been charged.
It comes after police yesterday revealed they are investigating whether the brutal murder of the transgender teen was a “hate crime”.
Cheshire Police previously said there was no evidence to suggest the teen’s gender identity played a part in her killing.
But the force issued a fresh statement saying all lines are being explored, including if Brianna was attacked as part of a hate crime.
Brianna was popular on social media platforms such as TikTok and Instagram.
One of the teen’s final posts showed her smiling for the camera – garnering hundreds of tributes from pals in recent days.
However, some friends also claimed the schoolgirl has been bullied “for years”.
Brianna’s family paid tribute to their “strong and fearless” girl.
In a heartbreaking statement, they said: “Brianna was a much-loved daughter, granddaughter, and baby sister.
“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.
“We would like to thank everyone for their kind words and support during this extremely difficult time. We would like to thank the police for their support, and witnesses for helping with the investigation.
“The continuation of respect for privacy is greatly appreciated.”
Emma Mills, headteacher at Brianna’s school Birchwood Community High School, said: “We are shocked and truly devastated to hear of the death of Brianna.
“This is understandably a very difficult and distressing time for many and we will do our utmost to support our pupils and wider school community.”