TWO 15-year-olds have been charged with the murder of 16-year-old Brianna Ghey, who was found dead in a park.

Cheshire Police said the 15-year-old girl, from Warrington, and the 15-year-old boy from Leigh, had been charged on Wednesday.

Brianna, aged 16 and from Birchwood in Warrington, Cheshire, was found by members of the public as she lay wounded on a path in Linear Park, Culcheth, at around 3.13pm on Saturday.

A boy and a girl, both aged 15, were arrested on suspicion of Brianna’s murder.

Detectives were granted an extension of 30 hours to further question the two suspects before confirming charges had been brought this morning.

A GoFundMe crowdfunding page set up to help the schoolgirl’s family has passed £70,000 in donations just one day after it was set up.

More than 4,500 people from 41 different countries have contributed to the fundraising efforts, GoFundMe confirmed.

Vigils across the country

Candlelit vigils, organised by members of the transgender community, are taking place across the country in memory of the teenager.

In the coming days, vigils are due to be held in cities around the UK.

People gathered for a candle-lit vigil at College Green in Bristol city centre on Tuesday evening while at the same time a vigil took place at St George’s Hall in Liverpool.

Family's tribute

In a tribute issued after Brianna’s death on behalf of her family, they said the teenager was a “much-loved daughter, granddaughter, and baby sister”.

The statement continued: “She was a larger-than-life character who would leave a lasting impression on all that met her.

“Brianna was beautiful, witty and hilarious.

“Brianna was strong, fearless and one of a kind.

“The loss of her young life has left a massive hole in our family, and we know that the teachers and her friends who were involved in her life will feel the same.”

A number of police vans were seen parked in the surrounding area after the incident, with a number of uniformed officers patrolling the park.

A large section of the area was cordoned off by police tape, and police dogs were also seen at the scene.

The headteacher at Brianna’s school, Birchwood Community High School, Warrington said they were “shocked and truly devastated” by her death.

A number of schoolchildren, still in their school uniforms, placed flowers at the police cordon at the entrance to the park on Monday.