The mother of murdered schoolgirl Lucy McHugh has vowed to never let her memory die as she described the pain of losing her daughter. The 13-year-o
The mother of murdered schoolgirl Lucy McHugh has vowed to never let her memory die as she described the pain of losing her daughter.
The 13-year-old’s body was found in woodland at Southampton Sport Centre on 26 July. She had been stabbed to death.
Hampshire Police carried out fresh searches last week at the sports centre following a new lead as they attempt to piece together the teen’s final moments.
Family friend Stephen Nicholson, 24, who was staying with the family, was arrested on suspicion of murder.
He has not been charged with that offence, but was jailed for 14 months in August for refusing to give his Facebook password to police.
Lucy’s mother, Stacey White, described her daughter as “the most unique child I know” who was “always on the go…out with friends, family or simply in a club”.
“In fact in her life, she did quite a lot of things others haven’t done,” she said.
“She was always full of smiles, whirling around like a hurricane, she would scoop the boys up and kiss them until they cried, and squeezed them and was always coming through the door and joked how she was late and it was because she was talking to someone or had to help someone do something.
“There was never a time when she can’t, ‘I won’t’ or too busy, no matter what she was doing she would make time.”
Lucy, who was a pupil at Redbridge Community School, loved playing with babies in her family and had set her heart on becoming a pro bono lawyer in the US to help people who could not afford to help themselves.
Ms White said at one stage she wanted to be a mechanic, then a fashion designer, but in the end she decided she wanted to study law.
She said: “I believe she would probably have achieved it, everything she set her mind to, she achieved.
“You should never plan for tomorrow what you can do today because tomorrow might not come just as Lucy found, all the plans that she had, all the things she wanted to do, she now can’t do because someone took that away from her.”