The family of a teenager who was stabbed to death in Warrington have said she was a "much-loved daughter, granddaughter, and baby sister".
Brianna Ghey, aged 16, was found by members of the public as she lay wounded in a Warrington park, which has since been cordoned off by Cheshire Police.
The family, have today (Monday 13th Feb) released a statement: "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."
While widespread reports have confirmed that Brianna was transgender, at present there is no evidence to suggest that this was a hate crime according to Cheshire Police.
A 15-year-old boy and girl (at the time of writing) are currently in police custody, following their arrest, and are being interviewed on suspicion of murder.
The headteacher of Birchwood Community High School, Emma Mills, has issued a statement: "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."
Independent Radio News, part of Shock Radio's news provision, reported that: Detective Chief Superintendent Mike Evans said police are pursuing several lines of inquiry, and appealed for anyone with information to come forward.
He said: "A number of inquiries in relation to this incident are under way, and we are doing all that we can to establish the exact circumstances of what has happened.
"At this time, there is no evidence to suggest that the circumstances surrounding Brianna's death are hate-related.
"Patrols have been stepped up in the local area and officers will remain in the Culcheth area to provide reassurance and address any concerns that residents may have."