Friends struggling to come to terms with the death of Jasmyn Chan gathered around a growing sea of flowers at the scene of the hit-and-run to remember the ‘bright, lovely and popular’ girl.
A steady stream of emotional teenagers spent yesterday leaving floral tributes, cards and letters at the spot where the collision took place.
Some wept openly, some sat in silence and stared at the flowers, while others recalled their memories of the teenager.
Among the shrine of flowers, balloons and teddy bears is a jasmine plant, which has been planted at the spot where the youngster died.
One bouquet of flowers nearby carries a card saying, ‘To my best friend in the whole world, I’ll never forget you. Mitch’.
Another reads, ‘You were such a lovely girl, so brave’.
One card says. ‘You always had a smile on your face’.
Steve Robinson, Executive Headteacher of Birley Community College where Jasmyn was a Year 10 pupil, said Jasmyn was ‘a bright, lively and popular student’.
He said pupils have been offered counselling to support them through their grief.
“Our thoughts are with Jasmyn’s family and friends at this very difficult time,” he said.
“As a school community we mourn the loss of a bright, lively and popular student who touched many lives.
“In school we will be providing support for our students to help them start to come to terms with the feelings of loss and grief they might have while trying to maintain as normal a routine as possible for the majority of the school community.”
He said an area had been set aside in the school for pupils to place flowers in memory of Jasmyn. Message boards have been set up and pictures of the youngster have been brought in and put on display.
The school has been in touch with Jasmyn’s family to discuss the tragedy and make arrangements for relatives to visit the college.
Mr Robinson said yesterday had been ‘a tough day with lots of emotions’ for those at the school.
“There have been lots of expressions of grief and remorse and loss,” he said.
“We have worked hard to create an environment where everybody can find a way to begin to express their loss. That has been hard. Staff have obviously been very upset as well.
“We have spent much of the day working with youngsters in groups and individually to try to find out how they want to move on in terms of expressing that grief so we can get to a point where we can properly remember Jasmyn and everything she meant to our community.”
A race night is to be held at the Hollin Bush pub at 7pm on Saturday to raise money for Jasmyn’s grieving family.