Mourners to gather for Semina Halliwell funeral this afternoon

23rd July 2021

The funeral of Semina Halliwell, who tragically lost her life last month aged just 12, takes place this afternoon at St Patrick’s Church in Marshside.

Semina’s mother Rachel said: “Everyone is invited to celebrate her short life.

“As a family we want to say to every single person, we have been so overwhelmed by your love and support at this unbearably sad time in our lives.

“As a mother it is unbearable to think of not seeing my beautiful daughter again until I go to heaven myself.

“The community of Southport has shown me so much love and support I will never forget. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.”

Semina’s funeral takes place at 12:30 this afternoon (Friday). Speakers will be placed outside the hall in case of a large gathering, and mourners are asked to wear black.

Police have confirmed they are investigating allegations that Semina was raped, before sadly taking her own life.

Merseyside Police spokesman said: “We can confirm we are investigating an allegation of rape in Southport in February this year.

“A report was received on 23 March that a 12-year-old girl had been raped at an address in Southport on 25 February.

“An investigation was launched and a juvenile has voluntarily attended a police station for interview.

“Enquiries into the incident are ongoing.”