Heartbroken teenagers have been gathering at the spot where tragic hit-and-run victim Jasmyn Chan died in Sheffield to pay emotional tributes to the ‘beautiful and kind’ teen who ‘always had a smile on her face’.
A steady stream of mourners have paid their respects to the 14-year-old, from Frecheville, leaving flowers, cuddly toys and balloons near the spot where she was struck by a car which drove away from the scene.
Meanwhile a Facebook page set up in memory of the Birley College pupil has been inundated with moving comments.
Daniella Deehan, aged 17, who knew Jasmyn, told The Star she ‘took the full impact’ of the crash to save her friend Tia Tucker, 12, a pupil at City School.
“The car came up really fast and Jasmyn pushed Tia out of the way,” she said.
“Then the car went up on the verge and carried on going.”
Josh White, also 17, added: “It was just so courageous. I can’t believe she did it. She was thinking of her friend before her.”
Jemma O’Connor, aged 33, who took her daughter Lili McDonald, 15, to the scene, said: “Jasmyn never did a bad thing to anyone. It’s such a shock to us all. Her family will be devastated.”
Jasmyn - a keen football fan - was involved in charity work, and recently took part in a sponsored head shave in aid of youngsters with cancer.
Flowers have been laid at the foot of a signpost to Richmond Park. One tribute card, left by a pal called Kayley, read: “In school I never saw you without a smile on your face. You brightened up a room just by your presence - you were a beautiful, smart young lady with such a kind heart.
“Why is the world so cruel to take such an innocent life? Someone once told me God only wants the best people in heaven.
“I’ll be praying for you and your family. Fly safe, beautiful.”
Another message of condolence read: “You will be missed, but never forgotten. You’ll always be in my heart. I can’t believe you’ll be taken from us - lots of love, Ellie.”
And a further card said: “You didn’t deserve any of this.”
On the Facebook page - called RIP Jazzy Chan - Ellie Musson wrote: “I can’t believe this terrible news. I used to teach this beautiful, kind and friendly girl at Birley Spa while I was teacher training. She was perfect. My thoughts go out to her mum, dad and family. Absolutely dreadful.”
Yvonne Bradley said Jasmyn was ‘a brave girl who gave her life to save another’, while Sophie-Leigh Day wrote: “Putting someone else’s life before yours shows what an amazing friend you are.”