Ann Maguire stabbing: Family lay flowers at school after court hearing

The family of Ann Maguire have laid flowers outside the school where she was killed.

Her husband and two daughters held hands in the rain as they read some of the hundreds of tributes at the gates of Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds.

They also visited a nearby church where around 300 pupils and teachers held a memorial service earlier this week.

The Spanish teacher, 61, was months away from retiring when she was attacked in the classroom in front of terrified pupils on Monday.

A 15-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with murder and appeared at Leeds Youth Court today.

Mrs Maguire's husband and daughters were in court for the two-minute hearing, when the defendant spoke just four times to answer "yes" to questions from a clerk.

The boy, whose right arm was in plaster, nodded to his own parents as he walked into court.

Donald Maguire stared straight at the youth as he was led into the glass-fronted dock and clutched the hands of his daughters, Emma and Kerry, throughout the hearing in the packed courtroom.

Flowers are left outside Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds, after much loved teacher Ann Maguire, 61, was stabbed to death yesterday in front of her pupils. Flowers are left outside Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds, after much loved teacher Ann Maguire, 61, was stabbed to death yesterday in front of her pupils. The teenager is due to appear at Leeds Crown Court for a bail hearing on Friday, the CPS said.

The family paid tribute to Mrs Maguire in a statement released through West Yorkshire Police.

It said: "Our beautiful Ann, our shining light, she brightened the world for so many of us.

"A loving wife, the best mother, a treasured sister, a true friend. This horrific happening has robbed us of all of this and so much more.

"We are devastated. Her selfless, genuine, caring nature will remain with us eternally.

"We are overwhelmed by the support, sympathy and kind tributes we have received, they have been a source of great comfort at this dark time.

"We would ask the media to kindly respect the privacy of family and friends in the coming weeks and months.

"Ann we will love you always, your loving family."

The tribute came the day after the Pope sent a message of condolence to the family.

 

Police have confirmed that she died from multiple stab wounds.

The head of the Catholic school, Steve Mort, described his immense pride at leading the students and staff as they tried to cope with the tragedy.

He singled out the children at the school for praise as he inspected the mass of floral tributes which have accumulated since the death.

He said: “Our children have proven themselves to be great ambassadors for the school. And I want to pay particular tribute to them and to the professionalism and dedication demonstrated by our staff at this very difficult time.”

Scores of the children leaving the school on Wednesday afternoon stopped to read hundreds of messages pinned to a mass of floral tributes outside the gates.

Mrs Maguire's death is thought to be the first time a teacher has been stabbed to death in a British classroom, and the first killing of a teacher in a school since the 1996 Dunblane massacre.

She started at Corpus Christi as a student teacher and, last year, the school held a celebration of her 40 years' service.

She had moved to working four days a week ahead of her planned retirement in five months' time.

Mrs Maguire, who was head of Year 11 at the school for more than 10 years, lived in the Moortown area of Leeds with her husband, Donald, who is believed to be a retired maths teacher.

Additional reporting by PA

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