Prayers have been said for a Catholic schoolgirl stabbed to death on the streets of Liverpool.
Ava White, just 12-years-old, died of what police called “catastrophic injuries” following the alleged attack, which took place in the city’s busy Church Street area, shortly after the switching on of the city’s Christmas lights.
Four teenage boys have been arrested in connection with the death.
Ava was described as an “incredibly popular girl” by Peter Duffy, Head Teacher of Notre Dame Catholic College.
He said: “Ava was a much loved, valued and unique member of the Notre Dame family. She was an incredibly popular girl with a fantastic group of friends.
“Our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to Ava’s family and friends and all those affected by this utterly tragic event.
"My staff are working with students to provide all the support they need at this traumatic time."
Prayers were also said for Year 8 pupil, who had previously attended Liverpool’s The Trinity Catholic Primary school, as well as her family and friends at lunchtime Masses in the city.
Assistant Chief Constable Jon Roy said: “Our thoughts and condolences go out to Ava’s family, who are being supported specialist Family Liaison officers.
"Ava’s death should be a reminder to us all about the part that we each have to play in eliminating violence against women and girls."
“Ava died on White Ribbon Day which is a global campaign to end violence against women, and yesterday partners from around the city joined together to mark the day, which is also the start of 16 days of activity designed to raise awareness of VAWG and show how we are working together to make sure that VAWG is something that should not be tolerated in any society.”
In 2019, Ava received a ‘Peace Ambassador” award from the Tim Parry and Jonathan Ball Peace Foundation. The charity, which promotes peace and non-violent conflict resolution, was set up after both boys lost their lives in the IRA’s 1993 bombing of Warrington.
Representatives from the charity will visit Notre Dame College on Monday (29 November) to talk to pupils traumatised by the death.