AN 11-year-old girl who died just weeks after starting at a new school has been remembered by her parents as "the centre of our universe".
Annabel Greenhalgh, of West Midlands, also "had a beautiful, kind soul", her family said in a tribute to the youngster.
In a statement shared by Alcester Grammar School following Annabel's heartbreaking death, her parents Josie and Craig said: “[We] are completely and utterly devastated to announce the passing of Annabel on Friday, October 14.
"The magnitude of our shock, grief and complete emptiness is unimaginable.
"She was the centre of our universe. Our hearts are shattered."
The tribute continued: "We were so incredibly proud of Annabel. She was an inspiration to all.
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"She had a beautiful, kind soul. She was gentle, phenomenally bright, fun and always inclusive of everyone. She was loved by so many.
"We have found comfort in the outpouring of love for her in our community and thank everyone that attended her vigil last night.
"We pray she felt the love for her."
Josie later told Birmingham Live she wanted "as many people as possible to know how wonderful Annabel was".
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She said her daughter has spent time at Birmingham Children’s Hospital over the years and the city was "very special" to her family.
Warwickshire's St Chad’s Church had stayed open every night last week for those wishing to can light a candle for Annabel or write in the book of condolence.
Alcester Grammar School Principal Rachel Thorpe also paid tribute to Annabel.
Ms Thorpe wrote: "Today AGS is shocked and saddened to mourn the unexpected death of one of our wonderful Y7 students, Annabel.
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"In her short time with us, she threw herself into school life and was a well-loved member of her form.
"Our thoughts are with her parents."
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