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Mum fears bullies will ‘ruin’ funeral of 12-year-old girl who claimed she was raped

Semina Halliwell died on June 12 after spending four nights in hospital. Her heartbroken mum Rachel believes she was driven to taking her own life, after she was “bullied online on a daily basis” and had allegedly been raped.

The girl’s funeral will be held on July 23 and will be a “celebration of her life,” reports Liverpool Echo.

But Rachel is concerned bullies will gatecrash the service at St Patrick’s Church in Southport, Merseyside. 

Screenshots seen by Liverpool Echo appear to show someone who knew Semina telling Rachel they had been told they’d “get battered at the funeral” if they attended.

The message continued: “I’m scared to go.”

Speaking today, Rachel said: “If these people ruin my daughter’s funeral I will be very upset.

“After having her innocence taken, Semina was bullied online on a daily basis. She couldn’t take it any more.”

Semina’s tragic case was raised at a parliamentary committee last week, when Labour MP Apsana Begum asked Education Secretary Gavin Williamson what more can be done to help protect children from sexual harassment and abuse.

Ms Begum said: “I wanted to highlight the case of Semina who was 12 years old who disclosed that she’d been raped, and has committed suicide last week.”

A Merseyside Police spokesman said: “We can confirm we are investigating an allegation of rape in Southport in February this year.

“A report was received on 23 March that a 12-year-old girl had been raped at an address in Southport on 25 February.

“An investigation was launched and a juvenile has voluntarily attended a police station for interview.

“Enquiries into the incident are ongoing.

“Anyone who wants to report a rape or sexual offence allegation is asked to call 101 where you will be spoken to by specially trained officers, or you can pass information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“Support for victims is also available through the registered charity the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre Cheshire and Merseyside, who can be contacted on 01925 221 546 or 0330 363 0063 or Rape and Sexual Assault Merseyside (RASA) on 0151 558 1801.”

For help: PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) is a voluntary organisation supporting teenagers and young adults

Samaritans (116 123) or email [email protected] operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year

Childline (0800 1111) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK

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Michael Jackson funeral: Lisa Marie’s moment alone by his casket – 'I wanted to apologise'

Michael Jackson died 12 years ago at the age of just 50. Less than two weeks later a public memorial service took place at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles ahead of a private funeral that September. The latter was attended by around 200 of the star’s closest friends and family including Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Macaulay Culkin and MJ’s ex-wife Elvis’ daughter Lisa Marie Presley.

Fans will know that Jackson and Lisa Marie had been briefly married between 1994 and 1996.

The King of Pop’s funeral saw his family arrive in a motorcade of 31 vehicles, while his brothers Randy, Tito, Jermaine, Jackie and Marlon were his pallbearers.

His siblings carried the gold-plated casket into the service at Glendale’s Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

And after the service, Lisa Marie stayed behind to have a private moment by her former husband’s body.

While The Great Mausoleum is not open to the public, Jackson’s unmarked crypt is partially visible from the tinted entrance.

Fans cover the final resting place in flowers, which security guards put out in memory.

Lisa Marie has been married four times, with Jackson being her second husband.

The 53-year-old’s first marriage was to Danny Keough, with who she had her late son Benjamin.

Benjamin is now buried at Graceland alongside his grandfather Elvis, great grandparents Vernon and Gladys and great-great-grandmother Minnie Mae.

His final resting place is near the mansion’s pool in the Mediation Garden.

Lisa Marie was married to her third husband, Hollywood star Nicolas Cage, from 2002 to 2004.

While her fourth marriage was in 2006 to Michael Lockwood, who she divorced this year.

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'Precious baby' Azaylia Cain honoured at emotional funeral service

Ashley Cain and partner Safiyya Vorajee laid their daughter Azaylia Cain to rest on Friday morning.

The funeral took place in Neneaton, and hundreds filled the streets to remember the little girl who lost her fight with leukaemia.

Azaylia died on April 25 before family and close friends laid the brave baby to rest in private, The Mirror reports.

A white carriage, that held the Azaylia’s coffin, pulled by nine white horses decorated with orange feathers made its way through the town led by the devastated family.

Grieving parents Ashley and Safiyya could be seen breaking down as they stood behind the carriage with personalised umbrellas before they got into a car that drove ahead of the horses.

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People lined the streets to pay their respects to Azaylia Cain

Bunches of orange balloons were released into the air, as well as bubbles, as the procession began.

The vehicle could be seen filled with floral arrangements – which included flowers reading out Azaylia – as well as packed with plush cuddly toys.

Alongside the beautiful tributes were collections of photos of Azaylia that were taken during her short life.

Crowds erupted into claps and cheers to honour the baby as the carriage made its way through the streets.

Yesterday, Ex on the Beach star Ashley asked people who wished to say goodbye to Azaylia to join them on the procession and said that they wanted the day to be called ‘Azaylia’s Day’.

The streets were lined with people paying their respects

The reality personality explained the route stops, via his Instagram Page, and told how the family coordinated with the police for the procession and also encouraged people who were joining to follow Covid-19 rules.

He also added that he wanted the day to be an “uplifting” celebration of the little one and encouraged people to “show their love by clapping and making joyous noise.”

“We have been in correspondence with Warwickshire Police, to understand how we can give people who would like to pay their respects, the chance to do so. Due to current restrictions, the family will be attending a private service of celebration of Azaylia’s life, but prior to the Azaylia’s service we will be giving Azaylia her last journey through Nuneaton town.

“We would be touched and honoured to see as many of those that wish, pay their respects to Azaylia by lining the streets somewhere.

Baby Azaylia’s coffin was placed in a carriage and pulled by horses

“We respectfully ask all attending Azaylia’s final journey to adhere to the current Covid legislation.

“As truly difficult as the day will be, we are going to give it our all to keep Azaylia’s day an uplifting day of remembrance for her life and encourage anyone attending to show their love by clapping and making joyous noise of celebration.”

When she passed, devastated dad Ashley confirmed that she had sadly passed away in an Instagram post, which read: “Rest In Paradise Princess

“I will always hold you in my heart until I can hold you again in heaven”

In her own tribute, Azaylia’s mother, Safiyya, wrote: “You are my Angel my heartbeat my soul, RIP my precious baby, you will always be with me like a handprint on my heart”

The parents had raised £1.5 million in donations from the public to fly his daughter to Singapore for specialist treatment but before they could go, a CT scan showed that there were further complications.

Days before Azaylia died, Ashley and Safiyya had taken their daughter home from the hospital but after two nights at home, the decision was taken to take the baby off pain medication.

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‘Here We Are Again’: Police Killings Loom Over Andrew Brown Funeral

In a funeral that served as both a celebration of life and a condemnation of racist policing in America, the family of Andrew Brown Jr. was joined in Elizabeth City, N.C., on Monday by the relatives of other Black men killed by police officers.

Speaking to Mr. Brown’s sons, Eric Garner’s grandmother offered her love and friendship. George Floyd’s sister said she shared their pain. Daunte Wright’s sister said she was outraged.

Mr. Brown, 42, was killed by Pasquotank County sheriff’s deputies on April 21 while they tried to arrest him during a drug raid. But many details of the shooting remain unclear, and last week a North Carolina judge declined to publicly release the body camera footage for at least 30 days.

Other guests at the funeral, including the Rev. Al Sharpton and Ben Crump, a lawyer for the family, compared the killing of Mr. Brown to the deaths of several other Black people at the hands of police officers, from Mr. Floyd to Breonna Taylor.

“Here we are again,” said Bakari Sellers, a lawyer and former South Carolina state representative. “To many people this is just another Black body, but to us it’s a brother, a father, a nephew, a loved one.”

The funeral largely served as a call to action, though some of Mr. Brown’s family members used the occasion to remember him as a loving father, or a cousin to look up to.

Jha’rod Ferebee, one of his sons, said that his father was his “best friend” and that “every time you seen me, you seen him.” Khalil Ferebee, another son, said that the circumstances of the gathering were grim, but that Mr. Brown would have loved to see some of his favorite people gathered together.

“He would have loved this,” Khalil Ferebee said. “I just wish he was here with us. As much as I’m going to wish and wish and wish all day, it’s not going to happen.”

Mr. Brown was killed one day after a Minneapolis jury convicted the former police officer Derek Chauvin of murdering Mr. Floyd. During Mr. Brown’s funeral, his death was put alongside a list of names dating as far back as Emmett Till, a 14-year-old who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955.

“We thought that George Floyd represented that we were going to stop this unnecessary, unjustifiable killings of Black men,” said Mr. Crump, who is also representing Mr. Floyd’s family.

Mr. Crump continued to demand the full release of body camera footage — the family has been shown a 20-second clip — that could shine light on Mr. Brown’s death. He was shot five times and killed by a shot to the head, according to a private autopsy.

City-owned video that was obtained by WAVY, a Virginia-based television station, showed that deputies with the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office were dressed in tactical gear before they pulled into Mr. Brown’s driveway. Seven deputies were initially placed on administrative leave.

During the funeral on Monday, the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, the former president of the North Carolina N.A.A.C.P., told Mr. Brown’s family to take comfort in the level of attention and support from across the country. Protesters have regularly gathered in Elizabeth City since his death.

“Andrew got brothers and sisters, white, Black, brown, Asian, gay, straight — all of them coming together,” Dr. Barber said. “I want you to be comforted in that.”

Mr. Sharpton said the failure to release the body camera footage was a “shell game,” and called on the Justice Department to investigate the shooting and the perceived lack of transparency in the case.

“The challenge of these times is how we’re going to deal with policing in America,” he said, adding, “I know a con game when I see it; release the whole tape and let the folks see what happened to Andrew Brown.”

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Mourners Gather for Funeral of Andrew Brown Jr.

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — Mourners were gathering Monday for the funeral of Andrew Brown Jr., a Black man shot and killed by deputies in North Carolina, with eulogists planning to celebrate his legacy and reflect on his life.

The invitation-only service at noon in a church in Elizabeth City follows public viewings that drew scores of people the previous day. The Rev. Al Sharpton is to deliver the eulogy, and other speakers include Brown’s relatives as well as civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who is representing Brown’s family, and the Rev. William Barber II, leader of the Poor People’s campaign.

Ahead of Monday’s service, funeral home workers brought floral arrangements into the church. In the lobby, a wreath of red and white flowers with a ribbon bearing the message, “Rest in Peace Drew,” referring to Brown’s nickname, stood next to a tapestry with images of him.

Brown, 42, was shot and killed on April 21 by deputies attempting to serve drug-related search and arrest warrants, sparking days of protests in the city in rural northeastern North Carolina. An independent autopsy commissioned by his family said that he was shot five times, including once in the back of the head.

Family members have said that Brown was a proud father of seven, who was known for entertaining relatives with his stories and jokes.

Brown’s family asked Sharpton to deliver the eulogy because they felt the civil rights leader would properly honor his legacy. Sharpton recently delivered the eulogy for Daunte Wright, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Minnesota.

Sharpton told The Associated Press that he wants to both celebrate Brown’s life and help call attention to larger problems with policing that need to be addressed.

“I would want to get across that this is a human being. And for us, it’s part of a continual abuse of police power,” he said.

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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall's first image after Philip funeral: 'Stupendously beautiful'

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It is the first image posted by the Duchess since the funeral of her father-in-law Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. The Royal Family is out of its official period of mourning.

Fans flocked to the image to praise the royal, the wife of the heir to the throne Prince Charles.

One wrote: “What a beautiful picture! You look so very happy.”

Another said: “The Duchess has a great style and dresses so well. I love her look.”

“The Duchess looks stupendously beautiful here,” one said.

Charlotte White, Head of Design at 77 Diamonds, Europe’s largest online jeweller, spoke exclusively with Express.co.uk about the Duchess of Cornwall’s choice of jewellery.

She said: “Camilla absolutely loves jewellery.

“On formal occasions, she regularly dons opulent necklaces encrusted with gemstones.”

Charlotte continued: “The pandemic has heralded an emphasis on daywear and some of Camilla’s notable everyday pieces carry a special significance, offering us a small glimpse into what she holds dear.”

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Gogglebox stars spark backlash over 'disrespectful' comments about Prince Philip's funeral

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One person wrote: “#Gogglebox Mr Malone is uncouth and disrespectful to the funeral of Prince Philip.”

Another fan posted a GIF featuring the word “Yikes,” alongside the caption: “Tommy’s joke during Prince Phillip’s funeral #Gogglebox @TheMalonesGB.”

However, others defended Tom, with one viewer suggesting the Duke of Edinburgh, who was known for his controversial jokes, might have appreciated the remark.

They penned: “‘You’d feel a bit safer driving home though wouldn’t you after Phils funeral’ …and for those complaining you just know it’s the sort of thing Phillip would have said himself #Gogglebox.”


Daunte Wright funeral: Rev. Al Sharpton delivers eulogy at Minneapolis service

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Daunte Wright, the young Black man shot by police during a traffic stop in suburban Minneapolis, was not “just some kid with an air freshener,” but a “prince” whose life ended too soon at the hands of police, the Rev. Al Sharpton said Thursday during an emotional funeral.

Hundreds of people wearing COVID-19 masks packed into Shiloh Temple International Ministries to remember Wright, a 20-year-old father of one who was shot by a white police officer on April 11 in the small city of Brooklyn Center. The funeral was held just two days after former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted in the death of George Floyd and amid a national reckoning on racism and policing.

“The absence of justice is the absence of peace,” said Sharpton, who delivered a thundering eulogy. “You can’t tell us to shut up and suffer. We must speak up when there is an injustice.”

Sharpton’s eulogy included a stinging rebuke of the possibility that Wright was pulled over for having air fresheners dangling from his mirror. Wright’s mother has said that her son called her after he was stopped and told her that was why he had been pulled over. Police say it was for expired registration.

“We come today as the air fresheners for Minnesota,” Sharpton said, vowing that changes in federal law were coming. “We’re trying to get the stench of police brutality out of the atmosphere. We’re trying to get the stench of racism out of the atmosphere. We’re trying to get the stench of racial profiling out of the atmosphere.”

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“We come to Minnesota as air fresheners because your air is to odorous for us to breathe,” he said.” We can’t breathe in your stinking air no more!”

Brooklyn Center’s police chief said it appeared from body camera video that the officer who shot Wright used her pistol when she meant to use her Taser as Wright struggled with police. The 26-year veteran, Kim Potter, is charged with second-degree manslaughter. Both she and the chief resigned after the shooting.

Ben Crump, attorney for both the Floyd and Wright families who has called for more serious charges against Potter, said Wright’s son “is going to get old enough to watch that video of how his father was slain so unnecessarily. A misdemeanor, a misdemeanor.”

“It’s too often the traffic stops end up as deadly sentences, a death sentence. We’re going to have to make sure that Daunte Jr. know that we stood up for Daunte, his father.”

Daunte’s mother, Katie Wright, spoke about her son, saying, “The roles should be completely reversed. My son should be burying me,” before burying her hands in her face.

Wright recalled her son becoming a father to a boy born prematurely: “He was so happy and so proud, and he said he couldn’t wait to make his son proud. Junior was the joy of his life. He lived for him every single day.”

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Funeral attendees were brought to their feet when artist Ange Hillz painted a portrait of Wright – white paint on a black canvas – as trumpeter Keyon Harrold played “Amazing Grace” and “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” the Black national anthem.

And during a silent reading of Wright’s obituary, some attendees could be heard crying softly.

The families of several other Black people killed by police attended Wright’s funeral, including the mothers of Philando Castile, who was shot by a police officer during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb in 2016, and Eric Garner, who was filmed saying “I can’t breathe” in a fatal 2014 encounter with New York City police.

Also attending were the families of Oscar Grant, killed in 2009 by a California transit officer who mistook his service weapon for a stun gun, similar to the Wright case, and of Emmett Till, the teenager whose 1955 lynching in Mississippi helped spark the civil rights movement, as well as the boyfriend of Breonna Taylor, who was shot by white Louisville, Kentucky, officers in March 2020 as they served a warrant.

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Gov. Tim Walz and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey also attended.

“True justice is not done as long as having expired tags means losing your life during a traffic stop,” Klobuchar said. “True justice is not done as long as a chokehold, the knee on the neck or a no-knock warrant is considered legitimate policing.”

More than a dozen members from an armed team of local men, the Minnesota Freedom Fighters, provided security.

SEE ALSO: How does an officer use a gun instead of a Taser?

Wright’s killing occurred when a scuffle broke out as police tried to arrest Wright, after realizing he had an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court on charges of fleeing police and having a gun without a permit.

It set off protests in Brooklyn Center, a working-class, majority nonwhite city, with hundreds of people gathering every night for a week outside the city’s heavily guarded police station. While the mayor called for law enforcement and protesters to scale back their tactics, the nights often ended with demonstrators lobbing water bottles and rocks at the officers, and law enforcement responding with pepper spray, tear gas and rubber bullets.

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Prince William and Harry at Philip's funeral: 'Tensions undeniably high'

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She told Express.co.uk: “As well as grieving for his grandfather, William was also dealing with what must have been an intense emotional response to the Oprah interview fall-out and the return of his once-close brother from the US.

“Tensions appeared undeniably high as Harry joined the royals walking behind the coffin before sitting in the pews opposite William, Kate and other family members.

“With this, plus his father’s tears and the sight of his grandmother The Queen sitting mourning alone in socially-distanced isolation, William must have been under more pressure to not only get it right in terms of showing himself to be a future King in the same stoic, resilient mode as The Queen, but to also show a sense of compassion and forgiveness that he might not have totally felt, and which did appear to be at odds with some of his much more disapproving and rejecting family members.”

William showed signs of anxiety around his younger brother claims the expert.

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'Calm, stunning woman sitting alone': Behind 'historic' photo of Kate at Philip funeral

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The photograph shows the Duchess looking directly into the lens of a camera. Wearing black to show her respects, including a face mask, her eyes speak volumes.
A body language expert analysed the snap, which she dubbed “historic”.

It certainly provides an intimate glimpse of Britain’s future queen, saying a sombre farewell to the husband of Elizabeth II, her grandfather-in-law.

Judi James told Express.co.uk: “As any photographer will tell you, an iconic image is often down to a mixture of planning and luck and that mantra would apply to this truly stunning and memorable photo of Kate taken at her father-in-law’s funeral.

“It’s a moment that defines something important and historic for our Royal Family but it is also a moment that is visually pleasing in terms of style, too.”

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The expert claimed this was the perfect time for Kate to look more regal than ever, as Britons say goodbye to a man who represents a bye-gone era for the Royal Family.

She said: “With Prince Philip being laid to rest there was a feeling that an era of royal life was quickly vanishing with him.

“People were mourning a generation of royals that provided an image of something dashing and glamorous.

“The photos of the Queen and Philip in their younger days made that loss even more painful and with the Queen sitting isolated and vulnerable, overseeing a whole host of dramas and problems in the lives of the generations that will follow her, the feeling was that we would ‘never see their like again’.

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“It was the perfect time for Kate to appear looking more regal than she has before: elegant, confident and very slightly aloof in a way that is in contrast to the laughing, often self-effacing woman we usually see with her husband and/or children, it was gratifying to see her car sweeping up to the entrance and this very calm, stunning woman sitting alone with nobody else to affect or dilute her body language signals.”

The expert suggested the image gave us an insight into Queen Catherine, and how she might be.

“If anyone was wondering what a future Queen Catherine might look like, this was the moment that appeared to show us, and there was never a better time to reassure fans in terms of the continuity of the crown.”

“Boy, those are really high heels,” one observed.

The Duchess was spotted with her children in Chelsea yesterday, according to one shopkeeper. 

She said: “I’ve always been a Kate Middleton fan.

“Today she was in one of my stores on the King’s Road with George and Charlotte, what the team told me about how she was with them and how the kids were with each other makes me like her even more!”

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