Mum’s heartbreaking tribute to ‘baby’ girl, 12, who took own life after rape ordeal

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Rachel Halliwell paid a heartbreaking tribute to daughter Semina on what would have been her thirteenth birthday as her former primary school opens a garden of remembrance

Semina Halliwell, 12, from Southport
Semina Halliwell, 12, from Southport

The mother of a “beautiful and pure” girl who took her own life has said she just wants “my baby back” as she paid tribute to her daughter.

Rachel Halliwell has paid a heartbreaking and poignant tribute to daughter Semina on what would have been her thirteenth birthday.

It comes as a garden will open at Semina’s former primary school in celebration of her short life, reports LancsLive.

Semina, from Southport, died on June 12 this year after spending four nights in hospital.

Rachel says her daughter took her own life and a police investigation is ongoing. No cause of death has been confirmed.

Today (November 18) would have been Semina’s thirteenth birthday.

Her mum described her as ‘beautiful and pure’


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Rachel said: “I feel empty, devastated and frightened ahead of going through what would have been her birthday, without her.

“There is a hole in my life which can never be filled again, made so much worse by the horrific circumstances as to how and why she died.

“[She was] a pure, innocent girl with her whole life ahead of her, and she is no longer here.

“My heart has broken into a million pieces, I just want my baby back.”

A garden will open at St Patrick’s primary in Southport this morning in celebration of Semina’s short life.

Semina’s former primary school are opening a garden to remember her


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The event will be attended by pupils, staff and Semina’s family, and is not open to the public.

Parish Priest Father John Heneghan will bless the area, which will be a place where children can find “peace and friendship”, and show support to each other whenever any of them are upset.

Speaking on behalf of St Patrick’s, Fr Heneghan said: “We remember Semina with such love and are praying for her mum and loved ones with deep compassion.”

Rachel claims her daughter took her own life and an police investigation is ongoing


Rachel Halliwell)

Semina’s mum Rachel said she wants her daughter to be remembered as a “beautiful, funny and generous girl”.

She continued: “She was unique from her name to her looks, she will always stay a beautiful 12-year-old girl who stood out from the crowd.”

Anyone wishing to pay tribute to Semina is invited to is invited to Southport Promenade to light candles at 6pm today (Thursday).

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