‘A Tragedy’: Tributes to Ava White after the Liverpool Christmas Lights Murder | UK News
TNews of the death of 12-year-old Ava White spread slowly in Liverpool on Friday morning. Christmas shoppers, unaware of his murder, entered the city center to be greeted by police lines closing much of Church Street and the surrounding area where the stabbing took place Thursday evening.
“She was everyone’s baby. It could have been anyone’s child, ”said Hayley Hughes, 51, who came to pay homage to him at a small flowered memorial near the crime scene. Hughes said that although she had heard of stabbing in Liverpool before, she didn’t expect something like this to happen in the city center for such a young child. “She only entered to see the lights on,” she said.
According to police reports, Ava was attending a Christmas light show with her friends on Thursday night when she was assaulted at 8:40 p.m. Four boys from Toxteth, aged 13 to 15, were arrested on suspicion of his murder.
“Sleep well, little Ava. Send love and strength to your family, ”reads a card left at the memorial. A crying girl accompanied by her mother, who said she was Ava’s friend, pressed reporters to lay flowers.
Flowers and a balloon were left by Lacey, 17, who declined to give her last name, and her mother. Lacey said her younger sister was friends with Ava. She said, “She was just a bubbly character, so loving and caring. She went out with her friends for fun.
Another woman put down a card. “I didn’t know her at all. It’s just heartbreaking, ”she said before slipping into the crowd.
“Our teacher told us about it today,” said Safia Robinson, 16, who arrived in the city center on her lunch break after school. “It’s worrying because he was a small child. It makes you feel less secure. It doesn’t make me want to go out at night.
“I am appalled and deeply upset,” said Grace Blackmore, 79, who watched people gather around the memorial. “I hate what happens in our society to young people. In the past, boys might have arguments and arguments, but they would shake hands and move on. Nothing like. They haven’t even started their lives. They are just lost souls.
Richard Banes, 47, who had traveled to Liverpool with his partner for Christmas shopping, said: “[Before we heard the news] we were just saying we couldn’t get into Primark; it makes you feel so selfish. It is such a tragedy. It makes you shiver.