Mourners wear purple at funeral for girl, 15, stabbed to death in the street

Hundreds of mourners gathered in purple to say their goodbyes to a teenager who was stabbed to death.

The family of Holly Newton, 15, were joined by people dressed in her favourite colour from all over Hexham, Northumberland.

Her funeral took place at historic Hexham Abbey three weeks after she was knifed outside a takeaway shop on January 27.

Mum Micala Trussler paid tribute to her eldest daughter, telling the congregation: ‘Some people are just too good for this world.’

Her aunt Jemma said it had been ’22 days since she was with us and it already feels like forever’.

The funeral cortege brought Hexham to a halt as hundreds watched Holly’s white coffin being pulled in a glass-sided carriage by four purple-plumed black horses.

Flowers in the hearse spelled out ‘Holly’ and ‘daughter’.

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Footage shows the coffin arriving at the Abbey with locals in purple lining the streets. Four men then carried the casket into the church.

Mourners, many of them teenagers, were asked to place a purple, heart-shaped sticker on a white canvas beside her coffin.

Holly, a keen dancer, was described as a shy girl who managed to overcome her self-consciousness when performing in front of hundreds of people.

Her friends’ tributes were read out at the service, describing how they missed her kindness and wished they had more time together.

Before Holly died, she had just started dating a 16-year-old boy. He was stabbed in the same attack and was also admitted to hospital after ‘desperately trying to save her’.

Holly died in hospital while the boy suffered injuries which were not life threatening.

Another 16-year-old boy has been charged with murder, attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon.

Holly’s family said after the death: ‘Holly was such a bright and bubbly girl who was so passionate about her family and many friends.

‘She was a much-loved daughter, grand-daughter, sister, niece and cousin.

‘Holly was always a popular girl, who was loved by so many people – not just in Hexham – but all over the North East.

‘Holly also loved dancing and was so talented – and a big part of her spare time was spent at classes and taking part in competitions up and down the country.

‘She had her whole life ahead of her and we are still coming to terms with the fact that our beautiful and loving girl is no longer with us.’

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