Father’s tribute to stab death girl as hundreds say farewell

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DEVASTATED family and friends packed a village church yesterday for the funeral of a teenager who was stabbed in an unprovoked attack.

Casey Kearney, 13, was found stabbed in Elmfield Park, Doncaster on Valentine’s Day, and hundreds of people gathered for the memorial service.

Her mother and sister wore her favourite orange colour as they joined mourners at St Wildfrid’s Church, in Cantley.

Classmates from nearby Macauley Catholic High School were in tears at they left the church and saw flowers spelling out the name Casey.

A tribute from Casey’s father Anthony was read out during the service. It said: “From the moment you were gone I knew life could never be the same again and the pain of losing you would be intense for the long time to come, if not forever.

“I’m sure everyone will agree what a wonderful young girl you have become.”

The church service, which included the song Amazing Grace, heard that Casey enjoyed spending time with her friends and family.

Canon John Willett, who conducted the service, told the congregation: “It is her family who will miss her the most.”

The mourners moved on to a private burial following the service. Hannah Bonser, 26, of Cusworth House, Doncaster, has been charged with Casey’s murder and is due to stand trial in the summer.