UK: two teenagers charged with the murder of a young transgender

UK teens charged with murder of transgender teen


Two 15-year-olds were charged on Wednesday with the murder of a 16-year-old British transgender girl, Brianna Ghey, which caused outrage in the LGBT+ community. < /p>

The body of Brianna Ghey, who was stabbed to death, was found in a park in Culchet near Liverpool in north-west England on Saturday.

A 15-year-old girl years and a boy of the same age have been charged, Cheshire Police said on Wednesday. They will appear in court at a later date.

Investigators are now investigating whether Brianna Ghey was killed because she was transgender.

Candlelight vigils on Tuesday have been organized by the transgender community in Liverpool and Bristol and more are planned for the next few days in other UK cities.

The murder comes as the transgender issue has been at the heart of culture wars in the UK, giving rise to heated debates.

In a press release transmitted by the police, the family of the victim paid tribute to a young girl “beautiful, witty and hilarious”. “Brianna was strong, fearless and unique”, they added, her disappearance “leaves a huge chasm in our family”.

On Monday, many of Brianna's comrades had laid flowers at the entrance from the park blocked off by the police where his body was found.

A fundraiser organized to help his family had raised more than 86,000 pounds sterling (97,000 euros) on Wednesday morning.