Brianna Ghey: Vigil in Sheffield’s Peace Gardens

A vigil will be taking place in Sheffield – one of more than 30 across the UK – following the death of 16-year-old Brianna Ghey last Saturday.

The candle-lit vigil will be taking place on 16 February in the Peace Gardens at 8pm in her memory.

The vigil is being organised by some queer students who are a part of Sheffield Solidarity Group and others who are part of Sheffield Action Group.

A spokesperson for SSG said: “We’ll be lighting candles – there’ll be some provided but we do ask for people to bring their own if possible – and a few members of the community will speak.

“While the vigil isn’t directly linked to any of our other ongoing campaigns, it is important to our members as a way to grieve and connect the community.”

A candle-lit vigil will be taking place in Sheffield’s Peace Gardens to remember Brianna Ghey

Brianna Ghey was a transgender teenager from Culcheth, Cheshire, who was found wounded on a path in Linear Park, Warrington, around 3.15pm on Saturday.

Her death is currently being investigated as a potential hate crime, with two 15-year-olds charged with murder.

One of the groups involved in organising the Sheffield vigil tweeted: “Join us this Thursday for a candle lit vigil honouring the life of Brianna Ghey and remembering why she is no longer with us.”

The Sheffield Solidarity Group is run by ‘students from the Sheffield Universities organising together to support class and education struggles’.

A member of the SSG said: “Our group is about standing together in solidarity with students, workers, and marginalised groups.”

They have campaigned for issues in the past, which include things like raising awareness of Uygher forced labour by UK companies, attending anti-spiking rallies, and currently standing with JustEat couriers on strike.

A girl, from Warrington, and a boy, from Leigh, appeared separately at Chester Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday morning charged with murder. They spoke only to confirm their name, age and address.

They were not required to enter pleas to the charge, and are due to appear at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday.

Written by Anna Priedite

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