PALS of a schoolgirl who was stabbed to death in a “targeted attack” have claimed she was being bullied at school.
Brianna Ghey, 16, was yesterday tragically found dead at Linear Park in Culcheth, Warrington.
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, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Cops yesterday arrested two teens, a boy and a girl both aged 15, on suspicion of her murder.
Brianna, who was transgender, was popular on social media platforms such as TikTok and Instagram.
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And just five days before her death she posted a video with the caption: “Got excluded from school.”
It shows the teen wearing her Birchwood Community High School uniform in her bedroom.
The video comes as her friends claimed Brianna had been bullied at school.
One wrote: “She had been bullied in school for years. The teachers obviously knew.”
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Another added: “She was bullied and gang beaten for years for the simple reason of being trans.
“Her highschool and Cheshire police refused to intervene.”
Emma Mills, Head Teacher at 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.”
It comes after her heartbroken family told of their pain.
In a 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."
A statement from Cheshire Police said: "Detectives have arrested two teenagers following the death of 16-year-old Brianna Ghey in Warrington.
"Emergency services were called to Linear Park in Culcheth by members of the public at 3.13pm yesterday after Brianna's body was found on a path where she was sadly pronounced dead.
"As part of ongoing inquiries, a 15-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl – both from the local area – have been arrested on suspicion of murder.
"They are currently in custody assisting police with their investigation."
Earlier Detective Chief Supt Mike Evans of Cheshire Police described it as a “targeted attack” on Brianna during a “busy day” at the park.
He added: "This is a truly awful attack on a 16-year-old girl, who has sadly lost her very short life."
The cop had said they were keen to speak to anyone who had been in the park from around 1.30pm until 4.00pm yesterday.
He also asked to hear from anyone who may have seen Brianna in the hours leading up to her death.
Police were also asking people and businesses in the community to come forward with any information they have and to check CCTV or dashcam footage.
Information can be reported online here, or by calling 101, quoting IML 1476832.
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Information can also be reported anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.
The Sun has approached Birchwood Community High School for comment.
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