SOPHIE Ford’s family paid loving tribute to a girl “they will always remember”.
Sophie’s mum, Diane Collins, 43, said: “I think about her every second of every day, and I always will.
“I do feel a bit better now that I have an answer. At least now it’s all over and done with and we don’t have to wonder any more. I’ll always miss her.”
Her grandmother, Anne, 69, said: “I just miss her so much. Every time I’m cooking, I expect her to ring and ask what I’m making because she’s coming round – she did that all the time.
“We were always together, the whole family, and we’d just been on holiday to Turkey. We got back home and 12 days later she was dead.
“She had so many friends and everybody just loved her. We’ll always miss her.
“She used to always sleep over at my house when she was little.
“Her grandad would ask her where he was sleeping and she’d tell him the back room, and she would sleep in my bed with me.”
Sophie went to St Joseph’s RC Primary School in Jarrow, before going to St Joseph’s RC Comprehensive in Hebburn.
She studied health and social care at South Tyneside College, before going to university to train to become a nurse.
Hundreds of Sophie’s friends joined her family in wearing bright colours as they gathered for her funeral at St Joseph’s Catholic Church on September 19.