Hundreds gather for Casey-Lyanne Kearney’s funeral

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HUNDREDS of mourners gathered in Cantley this morning for the funeral of Casey-Lyanne Kearney.

Family, friends and school pals attended the ceremony at St Wilfrid’s Church at 10am to pay tribute to the 13-year-old, who was killed on Valentine’s Day.

Casey’s coffin was adorned with yellow and orange flowers, and many of the mourners wore orange - one of Casey’s favourite colours.

Moving tributes were paid to Casey, of Rossington, by her father Anthony in an address, which was led by Rev Canon John Willett.

Rev Willett described the McAuley Catholic High pupil’s life as being “cut tragically short”, adding that “what was important was that she has loved and has been loved.”

In a moving tribute read out in church, Casey’s dad said that whenever he thought of his daughter, she would “bring a smile to his face”.

After the service, close family and friends attended a private service at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Casey was stabbed near Elmfield Park and called 999 herself before being taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary where she later died.

Photos: Ross Parry Agency