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Georgia Williams: Friends Pay Tribute To 'Bright Bubbly' Girl, Believed To Have Been Murdered

01/06/2013 15:21 BST | Updated 01/06/2013 15:23 BST
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Tributes have been paid to 17-year-old Georgia Williams who is believed to have been murdered after going missing from her home.

Her parents Steven and Lynette Williams were joined by more than 100 family, friends and well-wishers who gathered at the Wellington AFC football ground in Wellington, Telford, Shropshire, to pay tribute to the teenager.

Mr Williams said: "I don't really want to make any comment other than today is a day for Georgia and for us to meet her friends and for us all to celebrate her life."

Her boyfriend Matthew Bird, 19, and best friend 17-year-old Kate Lafferty were among those at the stadium as numerous friends and well-wishers arrived to leave flowers on the north stand and write in a book of condolence opened by the club where Georgia worked on match days.

Many wept as the football club's anthem Keeping the Dream Alive played.

Mr Bird said: "Today has just been outstanding.

"I can't explain to you how perfect it has been and, take away my feelings, the support everyone has given to her friends and family is phenomenal. I know she would be so proud."

Georgia, a former head girl at her old school, was last seen by her parents last Sunday evening when she told them she was going to see friends.

Police believe the teenager died at an address in Wellington.

Jamie Reynolds, also from Wellington, Telford, has been charged with her murder.

The 22-year-old appeared at Telford Magistrates' Court this morning and was remanded into custody to next appear at Stafford Crown Court on Tuesday.

Lee Carter, chairman of AFC Telford United, said: "We've opened up the stadium today to allow people to come and pay their respects to Georgia, who supported our football club but also worked for us as part of our match day team.

"It's a very sombre day, but I think people being able to come here has allowed people to come together and express their grief and sorrow at such a horrible piece of news."

Describing Georgia, Mr Carter said: "She was a lovely girl. Very polite and well-mannered. Bright, bubbly and really did make a massive impact on anyone she came in contact with. She will be sorely missed".