AVA White’s heartbroken mum has spoken of her torment at her daughter’s murder on what should have been her 14th birthday.

Little Ava, 12, was stabbed to death as she watched the Christmas lights switch-on in Liverpool in November last year.

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Ava’s mum has spoken of her pain at her daughter’s killing[/caption]

Tragic Ava was stabbed to death at a Christmas lights switch on

Her mum Leeann has now revealed her heartache at her daughter’s killing on what should be her 14th birthday.

Breaking down, she told ITV News: “I struggle going out. I don’t really go out anymore.

“I don’t really like being around people. I don’t like anyone really coming to my house so I’m always on my own or with Mia.

“I can’t cook Scouse because that was one of her favourites. Even going shopping, it’s just hard.”

Ava and her friends had headed to the city centre on November 25, 2021, when the horror unfolded.

The brave schoolgirl had stood up to a 14-year-old and his pals when they began recording her group for Snapchat videos without permission.

Tragic Ava was then stabbed by the teen, who was a complete stranger to her.

The evil killer even “grinned” at the schoolgirl after plunging the 7.5cm blade into her neck.

Recalling the moment she discovered her daughter had been knifed, Leeann said: “I’d not long got home from work and my sister phoned me and told me Ava had been stabbed.

“I can just remember running and putting my coat on and phoning a taxi to get to town because she was still in town.”

Ava was stabbed in a narrow road at the back of a Primark where Leeann worked.

The mum believes she had headed to the back of the store as it was where they usually met each other when Leeann finished work.

Chilling CCTV showed the boy running from the scene as Ava begged pals: “Don’t leave me.”

He ditched his coat and the knife and went to the shop to buy butter for his crumpets.

About 40 minutes after he stabbed Ava, the boy was contacted by his mother who told him police wanted to speak to him.

But he told her: “I’m not coming home. Not going the cells.”

The boy was eventually arrested on suspicion of Ava’s murder later that evening.

Ava’s sister Mia said: “I remember asking if they were sure it was him.

“I remember actually saying ‘are you sure you’ve got the right person?’ because I couldn’t comprehend that a child could do that.”

The boy was convicted of murder following a trial and sentenced to life with a minimum of 13 years.

Leeann has slammed the prison term, which could see him released when he is in his 20s.

She said: “Life should mean life. He was old enough to know what he was doing.

“He was old enough to know he shouldn’t be walking round with a knife. He was old enough to know he shouldn’t have pulled it out and stabbed Ava in the neck.

“He took her life so he should spend his life in jail. We’ve got the life sentence. We’re living the life sentence, Ava’s living the life sentence.”

Remembering her daughter on her birthday, Leeann said she was a “funny, caring daredevil”.

She said: “She’d do anything for anyone, she just had a heart of gold.

“She wanted to be an air hostess. She loved travelling and that was her dream to travel the world.

“She should be here with us, celebrating it.”

Leeann and her family have now set up a foundation to tackle the “knife pandemic” plaguing Britain.

The organisation is called AVA: Always Value A Life and has already bought 50 bleed control kits for the area that can treat stab wounds.

Leeann added: “It’s shocking how these crimes are happening on a daily basis.

“We want [to use the foundation] to hopefully reduce knife crime and violent crimes.

“We want to go round and teach the kids, educate them that this is not OK.

“This is not a world that we should be living in. We shouldn’t be doing this to each other.”

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Leeann said she is serving a life sentence[/caption]

The youngster was stabbed in the neck after sticking up for herself
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Ava’s sister Mia said she was shocked when she discovered the age of the killer[/caption]

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Leeann and Mia have set up a foundation in Ava’s name[/caption]

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