The family of a seven-year-old girl who was stabbed to death in a park have said she had a “heart as big as her smile”.
Emily Jones was randomly attacked by a stranger in Queen's Park, Bolton, on Sunday and died a short time later.
A 30-year-old woman was arrested at the scene and was later detained under the Mental Health Act.
Emily’s parents, who witnessed the stabbing, said they are “beyond devastated” to lose their only child, who they described as “the light of our lives.”
In a tribute issued yesterday through Greater Manchester Police, they said: “She was always full of joy, love and laughter.
“Emily had such a cheeky smile and was beautiful inside and out. She had a heart as big as her smile.”
It went on: “Emily was never happier than when she was spending time with her family and friends, she was our own little social butterfly.
“Emily had a passion for the outdoors and loved to play any sport, even when she was wearing her pink sparkly dresses.
“It is truly heartbreaking to wake up to a world without Emily in it and we cannot comprehend why this has happened.”
Detectives are continuing to appeal for information about the incident, which took place shortly before 2.35pm on Sunday March 22.
Anyone with any information should contact police on 0161 856 8797 or 101 quoting incident number 1430 of 22/03/20, or email email@example.com.
Information can also be passed to police anonymously, via the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.
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