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The family of Tehleigher Bunting have released the following statement following today’s sentencing:
“Wednesday 26 October is a day that will live long in our memories – it’s a day that our lives changed forever.
“From the day she was born, Tehleigher was our world. She grew up to be a confident and beautiful young girl who was so loving and affectionate. She was an intelligent and bright teenager. She was aspirational and was working hard at school to get grades that meant she’d be able to join either the army or the police.
“There isn’t a day that passes when we don’t miss her. Her loss has impacted the entire family, particularly her siblings who miss her dearly.
Tehleigher Bunting, front left, pictured with her family
“Not only was she a daughter and a sister, she was a best friend to all of us.
“As a parent, you never expect that you’ll one day be talking about the death of your children and doing so now is still something we’re struggling to come to terms with. Christmas wasn’t the same. It didn’t feel right sitting at a table with an empty space and it’s a feeling that’s never going to go away.
“We love you, Tehleigher, and we always will. Our light, our beautiful girl, our life.”