Tragic Ava White, 12, died after being stabbed in neck at Christmas light switch on, inquest told

A TRAGIC 12-year-old girl died after being stabbed in the neck at a Christmas light switch on, an inquest heard today.

Ava White suffered "catastrophic injuries" after being assaulted in Liverpool city centre last month.

A 14-year-old boy, who legally can't be named, has been charged with murder.

An inquest heard today how Ava died from a stab wound to the neck after being rushed to Alder Hey Children's Hospital.

Senior coroner for Liverpool Andre Rebello told the hearing she was identified by her mother Leanne White.

The coroner added: "Ava had attended the switching on of the lights in Liverpool town centre on November 25. At 8.33pm she was in Williamson Square.

"She then walks to Church Street, along to Church Alley, and there an incident takes place where Ava was stabbed in the neck.

"North West Ambulance Service paramedics attended and Ava was taken to Alder Hey."

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The inquest was adjourned until a later date pending the criminal investigation.

Tributes have flooded in for Ava since the tragedy unfolded.

Heartbroken family and friends came together earlier this month outside the Primark where Ava was stabbed to death.

Glow sticks were handed out as the community paid tribute to the tragic schoolgirl.

Hundreds of balloons were also released in her memory as hoards of locals came to pay their respects.

Her dad Robert Martin said the family had been left "completely devastated and heartbroken".

A minute's applause was held during Wednesday's Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton.

Trent Alexander-Arnold wore a red top with 'RIP Ava White' written across the front in white letters under his Liverpool shirt.

Emergency crews rushed to the city centre on November 25 as families gathered to watch the Christmas lights being switched on.

Paramedics discovered Ava collapsed on the ground as a member of the public desperately tried to save her life.

She was rushed to hospital but sadly couldn't be saved and died shortly after.

The murder suspect has been remanded in secure accomodation ahead of a provisional trial date of May 16 next year.

Three other boys, aged 13, 14 and 15, arrested on suspicion of murder have been conditionally bailed.

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