Tribute song written for tragic schoolgirl

Casey  Kearney
Casey Kearney

A CELEBRATED musician is set to perform a tribute song written in memory of murdered schoolgirl Casey Kearney.

A group of Doncaster pals got together to write the song and George Borowski, who has worked with artists including Meatloaf and Radiohead, is set to perform the poignant song at a gig on Saturday, February 23 - a week after the first anniversary of Casey’s death.

John Willis, who found 13-year-old Casey in Elmfield Park after she had been stabbed in an unprovoked attack said: “The song is called The Ballad of Casey Kearney and has been written and arranged for all the right reasons with the best intentions as a lasting tribute to remember Casey.

“We would like to extend an invite to Casey’s family who are welcome to come along on the night to hear the very first rendition of this song.

“I think it is right that we keep Casey’s memory alive.

“George is a fantastic musician and has helped us with the song and it is an honour that he has agreed to come along and perform it.”

The gig is taking place at the Ukrainian Club in Beckett Road and will feature a number of performances on the night including George’s rendition of the Casey Kearney tribute song.

It is approaching the first anniversary of the death of Casey, who was murdered on February 14 on her way to a friend’s house.

Casey was stabbed in Bennetthorpe before staggering into Elmfield Park near Doncaster town centre on February 12.

She had just left her home in Rossington at around midday that day and caught the bus into town to go to her friend’s house.

At 1.18pm, she called 999 from her mobile phone and told the operator: “I’ve just been stabbed.” The year nine pupil was taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary where medics battled for around seven hours to stem blood loss from a stab wound, but she died from her injuries.

Hannah Bonser, 26, of Cusworth house, Doncaster, is currently serving a life sentence with a minimum of 22-years for Casey’s murder.

After Casey’s death, her parents described her as “the most beautiful, intelligent and bright young girl with her whole life ahead of her”.

In the wake of her death Elmfield Park become a shrine to Casey with hundreds of floral tributes and candles being laid.

Hundreds of people attended Casey’s funeral in March, many wearing orange – one of her favourite colours.

John added: “We want as many people as possible to come along on the night and hear this song and get together to remember Casey.” The gig takes place on Saturday, February 23, from 7pm tickets are £8 and available by contacting 328756.