The funeral of a 16-year-old girl who was stabbed to death on a bus in Birmingham as she made her way to school takes place today.
The service in memory of Christina Edkins will be held at Birmingham's St Phillip's Cathedral.
The Very Reverend Catherine Ogle, Dean of Birmingham, said it was "a sad privilege" for the cathedral to be conducting the schoolgirl's funeral.
"We extend heartfelt sympathy and prayers to her family and friends.
"This death is very hard to bear and we ask all those who mourn the loss of this lovely and bright young woman to join us in prayer today.
"Birmingham Cathedral stands in the centre of the city as a symbol of the triumph of peace, hope and love and these are the values that really matter at times like these."
Christina, a pupil at Leasowes High School in Halesowen, died after suffering a single stab wound to the chest on the top deck of a bus in Edgbaston on March 7th.
A 22-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Christina, who was pronounced dead at the scene.