PART of South Shore fell silent on Sunday night as heartbroken friends and family gathered at the scene of Sasha Marsden’s brutal death.
The area surrounding the Grafton House Hotel on Kirby Road was cordoned off to allow the tragic 16-year-old’s family space to read tributes which have been left by her friends over the weekend and to mourn the teenager – described by many as “just amazing”.
A group of Sasha’s friends gathered outside the police cordon, and broke the silence with a chorus of “we love you Sasha”.
Her parents Jayne and Gary have described the student as a “beautiful precious daughter”.
They said: “No words can express how we feel.
“Our beautiful daughter has been taken from us. She was a loving daughter, sister, granddaughter, great granddaughter, auntie,niece, cousin and girlfriend.
“She was very much loved and her loss has left a huge gap in all our lives, a gap that can never be filled.
“Sasha was your typical teenager, a fun loving girl who enjoyed spending time with her friends and boyfriend, with her parents being last on the list unless she wanted something or needed a lift somewhere.
“We would ask that we be left alone in private to allow us to come to terms with losing our beautiful precious daughter.”
Her four siblings have also paid their own tributes to their little sister.
Mark Brett, 24, said he was “so proud” of his little sister for studying childcare at college, while 21-year-old sister Katie Brett said: “She is a gorgeous little lady and knows how to make an impression and when you meet her, you would never forget her.
“She was an expert wind up merchant and although you might be annoyed with her, you couldn’t stay mad with her for long.”
Sister Gemma Aichinson added Sasha is “a beautiful sister and a wonderful caring aunty too” while 21-year-old brother Thomas Nicholl said: “She always knew how to make us smile, especially after winding us up.
“She gave the most amazing cuddles and we will miss her so much.”
A group of Sasha’s friends, who gathered on Sunday night, has promised to attend the scene every day to remember the girl they say everybody loved.
Stephanie Kyle, 18, said: “She was just amazing. She was like my little sister - she was the baby of the group.
“She was the most amazing girl you’d ever meet. She was never down, and she was always there for anybody.
“There is no one word to describe her. She was just Sasha.
“She was studying childcare at college and wanted to work with children – something she’ll now never have the chance to do.
“Everyone is coping with what happened in their own way, but we will be coming here to remember her and to be here for her every day.”
Louise Wilde, also 18, agreed Sasha would have wanted her friends to be together.
She said: “She wouldn’t want us inside crying on our own, she’d want to see us together having a laugh. She’d want us to be here.”
Earlier on Sunday, as scenes of crime officers continued their investigation inside The Grafton House Hotel, Jack Brown visited Kirby Street to leave his rosary beads for the tragic teenager.
He said: “I knew Sasha pretty well from being at college together.
“I’ve been very, very emotional and haven’t been able to sleep properly since it happened.”
Claire Davies got in touch with The Gazette to share her memories of Sasha, who she used to live next door to.
She said: “My kids are shocked and sickened. She was a beautiful, very talented and very loving young lady, and to have had her life taken away at such a young age it’s heartbreaking.”
Mollie Walker, 17, attended Bispham High School with Sasha, and was also studying childcare at Blackpool and the Fylde College.
She told The Gazette: “She was such a lovely, caring girl and would have gone so far in life. It’s so hard to believe I saw her on Wednesday smiling and happy, and now she’s gone. Sasha is going to be missed so much by everybody.”