The parents of teenager Georgia Williams, from Shropshire, who was found dead in woodland in North Wales on Friday, have paid tribute to their daughter.
Steve and Lynnette Williams said:
“We are devastated by the events of the past ten days but have taken great comfort from the impact Georgia has clearly had on the lives of so many people. We have been blown away by the number of messages we have received and the outpouring of love and support we have been shown.
“Although many tears have been shed – and will continue to be – if anything good can come of this we hope it is that the community spirit that has developed in Wellington over the last week grows even stronger.
“We will be remembering Georgia as she ‘is’ rather than as she ‘was’, and what she is is a fantastic girl who we are blessed to have in our lives.
“We always describe her as a gorgeous tomboy, someone who is much happier dressed up in her Air Cadets uniform rather than dressed in glamorous clothes ready to go out.
“Her ambition has always been to join the Royal Air Force (RAF) and she recently started to look at qualifications that would allow her to join up as a paramedic.
“She was most put out when she discovered she couldn’t join the RAF Regiment, the arm of the RAF of her choice, as they do not admit women and therefore she decided that training as a paramedic is her way of getting to the frontline!
“Georgia is into everything and we couldn’t be prouder of everything she has achieved. We are blessed to have her in our lives and the happiness she brings will remain with us forever.”
Georgia’s older sister, Scarlett, added:
“Georgia is the best little sister you could ever wish for, although it’s fair to say we can annoy each other on a daily basis.
“We are like chalk and cheese. We always joke that I am pink and she is blue because we are into such different things. As children I was into ballet while all she wanted to do was go off with the Air Cadets and do outdoor stuff.
“My Dad rightly describes her as a gorgeous tomboy – she is a beautiful girl but so much more comfortable covered in mud while dreaming of being in the RAF.
“She would do anything for anyone and I am going to do everything for her from now on.
“She is my little sister but beyond that she will always be my best friend too.”