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Special goodbye planned for 'beautiful' Kayleigh-Anne Palmer

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 08, 2014

  • Kayleigh-Anne Palmer

  • Aston Robinson

  • Tributes at Cleeve School

A special ceremony to remember schoolgirl Kayleigh-Anne Palmer is being held next week.

Kayleigh-Anne - who was known as Kay - died last Saturday along with her unborn child following an attack in Whaddon on Wednesday last week.

Her boyfriend, Aston Robinson, 18, of Humber Road, Cheltenham, has been charged with attempted murder. Police and the Crown Prosecution Service are reviewing the charge following Kay's death.

Friends of Kay have now organised a special event on Facebook to be held outside Pittville Pump Rooms on Good Friday to remember the popular Cleeve School pupil.

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They plan to released balloons in Kay's memory and make a collection for her family.The event starts at 7pm with the balloon release planned for 8pm.

There are also plans to name a star in memory of Kay.

The description of the group reads: “Everyone go Pittville Park, give Kay the send off she deserves, bring balloons, lanterns, fireworks, anything!

“Just show your respect towards Kay, her bump, and her family, we’ll make it massive, so just to verify that, it’s going to be not this Friday, but the next!”

Close friend Amy Carpenter created a touching video with pictures of Kay.

She wrote: “This is for Kay. She had a life to fulfil. She was taken way too early in life.

“It has only been a couple of since this tragic and awful day came and took you away.

“Each day, hundreds of us look up at the sky, wishing you were here.

“You had so much to fulfil at only being 16 years old. You will be missed by everyone, everyday, minute, hour and second.

“You’ll be thought about as the stars come out at night. We'll always love you Kayleigh, your send-off will be perfect exactly like you.

“Please shine bright above us, and give your family/friends joy. You'll always be remembered. R.I.P Kay Palmer. April 5th 2014. We love you Kayleigh.”

Tia Sawczuk, who is helping to organise the farewell, wrote: “We’re gonna get loads of pictures printed off of Kay so people can write a note on the back of them so people can attach the notes to their balloons, and let them go up into heaven for Kay to read, so could everyone bring at least one helium balloon for themselves. Would mean so much to Kay x.

“So the idea of buying Kay a star was such a lovely thing to whoever thought of that, so on the night, myself and some others will be holding buckets to raise money for this to happen!

“If everyone could just bring a small donation that would be so good. And at the end of the night all the money raised will go towards buying Kay a star for her and her baby and for everyone to remember her by.”

Lynsay Maryjane Butler wrote in the group: “Such a nice thing all your friends are doing for you. They have done you proud, shine bright beaut, r.i.p always in our thoughts.”

Kayleigh-Anne’s sister Harley Stevens thanked her friends for the farewell.

She wrote: “Thank you all for caring so much about Kay and for saying and doing so many beautiful things for her.

“It is very appreciated at this time and is exactly what she deserves. R.I.P my beautiful little sister xxxxx.”

Meanwhile police have issued a warning about comments concernign the case on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

A spokesman for Gloucestershire police confirmed yesterday she was pregnant.

He added: “Following the arrest and charge of 18-year-old Aston Robinson in relation to a serious assault on Kayleigh-Anne Palmer in Humber Road in Cheltenham on Wednesday, April 2, Gloucestershire police can confirm officers are now reviewing whether any further charges should be brought against him in light of Kayleigh-Anne’s death and the death of her unborn child following the assault.

“As criminal proceedings are ongoing in this case, everyone is urged to be careful when commenting on or reporting the story.

“This includes tweeting or retweeting comments.

“Any remarks that are prejudicial to the outcome of an ongoing court case and could possibly impede the course of justice may constitute the offence of contempt of court.”

Robinson, a former pupil at All Saints’ Academy, was next due to appear at Gloucester Crown Court on May 9.

Police were called to Humber Road, in Whaddon, around noon last Wednesday before Kayleigh was placed in an induced coma.

The case has been referred tot he Independent Police Complaints Commission by Gloucestershire Constabulary, as is standard practice when there has been previous contact between officers and the victim. Police continue to investigate and anybody with information should call 101.

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