FRIENDS and family of a murdered South Yorkshire 13-year-old girl are today expected to pack a church for her funeral.
Casey-Lyanne Kearney was stabbed in Elmfield Park, Doncaster, on Valentine’s Day after dialling 999 for help.
She was found lying injured and died in hospital.
Last weekend, more than 200 people took part in two charity walks and a concert to raise money for Casey-Lyanne’s family to cover funeral costs.
Britain’s Got Talent finalists 2 Grand performed at a packed benefit gig in Rossington, where Casey-Lyanne lived.
The singing duo played to an emotional crowd at the Styrrup pub before a 12-mile charity walk to and from the park where Casey-Lyanne was killed.
Styrrup landlady Julie Bush, who knows the family, said: “It’s such a sad thing that’s happened. It’s total devastation in the village and we need to make sure everyone’s thinking about them (the family), they really do need it.
“It’s total devastation, everybody’s hanging on to their kids and making sure they’re all right.”
Casey-Lyanne had left her home at around midday on Tuesday, February 14, and caught the bus to Doncaster town centre, where she intended to meet a friend.
She called the police and a passer-by phoned for an ambulance.
Her funeral will be held at St Wilfrid’s Church, Cantley, Doncaster.
* Hannah Bonser, 26, has appeared in court charged with Casey-Lyanne’s murder and possession of two knives. She is in custody and due to appear next at Sheffield Crown Court on May 10.