The family of an 18-year-old girl found dead at Orrell Water Park, Wigan have paid tribute to their loving daughter.
Ellen Higginbottom was reported missing from Friday 16 June her body was sadly discovered the following morning.
Ellen was “excited” when her family “suggested she might want a kitchen mixer for her 18th birthday”.
“Not clothes and make-up and jewellery for Ellen – not really her thing.
“She had astonishingly reinvigorated her love of learning over the last few months after some difficult times.
“The last time we ‘had words’ was in 2001 when she jumped in a puddle after being told not to.
Her family continued to request the public not to address her killers as “animals”.
“Ellen loved animals and the psychology student in her would tell you it takes the complexity of a human mind to conjure such exquisite evil.
“If a legacy is planting seeds in a garden you never get to see, then thanks to people like our remarkable Ellen it’s coming to beauty and love and kindness”.
A man has been charged with the murder of the 18-year-old and will appear before Wigan Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.
Three others were arrested in connection with her death.