Heartbroken dad of young murdered girl pays emotional Facebook tribute as family say ‘we are absolutely devastated’.

Katie Rough was found with her throat cut in a field in York on Monday night – a 15-year-old girl has been charged with her murder.

The heartbroken dad of the seven-year-old girl  has paid a Facebook tribute to his daughter.

Her dad Paul posted a picture of his daughter on Facebook leading to a stream of tributes from friends and well-wishers.

Katie’s aunt Sarah Nockels also told of the family’s heartache.

As reported by The Sun, she said last night: “We are all absolutely devastated. We need to be given time to grieve.”

Katie was a bridesmaid at her parents’ wedding just two weeks before her death.

The seven-year-old stole the show in a pretty silver sequined dress as she proudly stood with mum Alison and dad Paul.

Just a fortnight later, Katie died after her throat was slashed in playing fields an hour after school finished.

Desperate mum Alison raced to the scene but after seeing her wounded child, she dropped to her knees sobbing: “No, no, it’s my little girl. Help get an ambulance.”

Our thoughts are with the family and all involved.

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  • These types of events a very hard to comprehend.


  • OMG. I’m so sorry for your loss. She looks like such a beautiful sweetheart too. RIP Katie.


  • Oh my gosh, I am so sickened and saddened by this. I pray for the family.


  • Oh my God. This is absolutely horrific. What on earth possesses a child, or anyone for that matter, to inflict such harm on another human being, let alone a child. Something so traumatic that will never leave that family and the Mother who found her daughter. The 15 year old perpetrator is purely evil and does not deserve to live a free life.


  • It is tragic to have to cope with the death of a child because of illness.
    How you come to terms with your child being murdered especially in such a gruesome way ( in broad daylight too). Obviously her parents weren’t aware of the pending risk of harm to their daughter. I wonder why the faces of other people are blocked out.
    Hopefully the media and general public will respect the family and relatives’ privacy and allow them to grieve in private.
    Hopefully the girl involved will be charged as an adult and spend a full term in gaol. It was obviously planned.


  • That’s awful! And because the murderer was underage I imagine she will get a slap on the wrist so that she can grow up to kill even more people. I can’t fathom the world we are living in today.


  • How can this possibly happen? What sort of children are being raised that are capable of killing another child so young? This is tragic, horrible and I am so devastated for the parents of both children!


  • I can imagine the parents are devastated and heartbroken. Such an awful thing to happen !!
    A 15 year old slashing the throat of a 7 year old ?! I imagine there is more then 1 family in pain.
    My thoughts & prayers are with the involved families.


  • I don’t know how parents ever come to turns and get over the death if a child :,( it’s like losing a huge piece of yourself, your heart is broken. And this situation is just horrific


  • Such a terrible thing to happen. Heartfelt sympathy to the family.


  • A shicking story to read,my heart goes out to the family.


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