Christina Edkins' Funeral

Friends and family today gathered to remember Christina Edkins, who was stabbed to death two weeks ago today. A 22-year-old man has been charged with her murder.

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Vigil to be held today in memory of Christina Edkins

Christina was fatally stabbed on Thursday 7 March as she travelled to school. Credit: ITV News Central

A candlelit vigil will be held this evening in memory of a Birmingham schoolgirl who was stabbed to death on a bus.

16-year-old Christina Edkins was killed on her way to school two weeks ago today.

The vigil is being held at Birmingham Cathedral at 19:30.

A twenty-two year old man has been charged with her murder and remains in custody.

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Man remanded on bus murder charge

Phillip Simelane is accused of killing 16-year-old Christina Edkins Credit: Family's own

A 22-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a teenage girl who was stabbed on a bus as she made her way to school.

Phillip Simelane, who is accused of killing 16-year-old Christina Edkins, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court for the 10-minute hearing.

Simelane, from Walsall, was remanded into the custody of a secure mental health unit and will next appear at the same court for a plea hearing on May 31.

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Christina Edkins' inquest due to begin today

Christina Edkins was described by her family as their 'princess'

An inquest is due to open today into the death of 16-year-old Christina Edkins, who was killed on her way to school in Birmingham a week ago.

She was stabbed on a bus in the City Centre during rush hour near Five Ways.

Twenty-two-year-old Phillip Simelane, from Walsall, is being held in a secure unit on suspicion of murder, and is due to be charged.

Prime Minister to review knife crime

The Prime Minister has paid tribute to a teenager who died after being stabbed on a bus in Birmingham.

Christina Edkins, who was 16, was stabbed as she made her way to school last Thursday. Police have been given permission to charge a 22-year-old man from Walsall with her murder. David Cameron has said he will look at strengthening laws on knife crime.

Police given permission to charge a man over the murder of Christina Edkins

West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised police to charge a 22-year-old man with the murder of Christina Edkins, who was stabbed to death last Thursday (March 7), on a rush hour bus to school.

I have advised officers from West Midlands Police that there is sufficient evidence and that it is in the public interest to charge Phillip Simelane, aged 22, with the murder of Christina Edkins on a bus on Hagley Road, Birmingham.

The decision was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

He will be charged with a serious criminal offence and has the right to a fair trial.

– Hayley Firman, Sector Crown Prosecutor at CPS West Midlands
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