Stone tribute to tragic Halesowen teenager Christina Edkins

A memorial stone has been unveiled in memory of a teenage girl stabbed as she travelled to school on a bus.

Christina Edkins
Christina Edkins

Family and friends of 16-year-old Halesowen schoolgirl Christina Edkins were joined by well-wishers for the ceremony which took place on Saturday.

The stone has been placed just yards from where the Leasowes High School pupil was killed along Hagley Road in Birmingham on March 7.

It is circular stone with a picture of Christina at the top and a dedication beneath.

It reads: ‘This memorial stone is dedicated to the memory of Christina Joan Edkins, a beautiful princess forever in our hearts.’

Roses were laid during the unveiling ceremony and colourful balloons were released by her family and friends.

They watched as the balloons coloured purple, yellow and orange soared into the sky during the ceremony.

Christina’s great-uncle Chris Melia, speaking on behalf of her family in Birmingham, said the memorial would be a lasting tribute to the teenager.

Philip Simelane, 23, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Christina on the grounds of diminished responsibility. He was sentenced to an indeterminate hospital order.

Christina was stabbed while on the top deck on a number nine bus as it travelled along the Hagley Road in March.