The family of murdered schoolgirl Megan Leigh-Peat issued a statement read by police outside Luton Crown Court.
Andrew Hall - a former scholar at Stoke City's football academy - was found guilty of her murder. He will serve a minimum of ten years in prison.
Hall stabbed Megan 60 times with two different knives following an argument about his jealousy.
The family of Megan Leigh-Peat issued a statement read by police after her former partner, Andrew Hall, had been found guilty of her murder.
– Family of Megan Leigh Peat
“The day Megan died will be forever etched in our memories, it was the day our lives were torn apart.
Megan was a healthy, vibrant, loving and caring person who was very much loved by all her family and all her many friends. She had her whole life ahead of her.
Before her untimely death we were an ordinary family leading an ordinary life. Since that fateful day our world has changed beyond recognition.
The pain of losing our beautiful daughter and the tragic and awful way she died will stay with us for the rest of our lives. Megan was loved so much and will be missed forever. We would like to thank all Police forces involved for their support, especially our family liaison team”.
Her mother, Nicky, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the sympathy and support we have received, she was loved by everyone who knew her and words cannot say how devastated we are by what has happened."