The parents of a 16-year-old schoolgirl stabbed to death on a bus during the morning rush hour in Birmingham have spoken publicly for the first time since the death of their daughter, Christina Edkins.
– JASON AND KATHLEEN EDKINS, PARENTS OF CHRISTINA
We'd bought Christina's prom dress the week before and recall the day she tried it on… she looked like a princess. She was our Princess. Christina was studying extremely hard for her exams and weighing-up which college to attend.
We would like to thank everyone for their kind words, flowers, teddies, balloons and candles. The support has been fantastic and shows what good, kind people there are in this world.
The parents of Christina Edkins, who was stabbed to death on a bus in Birmingham last Thursday (March 7), have spoken of the loss of their 'beautiful princess'.
– Jason and Kathleen Edkins, parents of Christina
It's hard to find words to describe the pain we're all feeling. Her family and friends will remember her as an amazing individual with her whole life ahead of her – a life that was tragically cut short on that Thursday morning.
Our lives will never be the same again.
We are truly overwhelmed by the kindness that's been shown by friends and neighbours, people who knew Christina well, and also those who never got the chance to meet her.
West Midlands Police have said they have been given authority by the Crown Prosecution Service to charge Phillip Simelane, 22, with 16-year-old Christina Edkins’ murder.
The man accused of stabbing 16-year-old schoolgirl Christina Edkins is to be charged with murder.
West Midlands Police have named him as 22-year-old Walsall man Phillip Simelane.
More to follow.