A HEARTBROKEN mum has paid tribute to her kind-hearted daughter today who "used to cry during soaps" after she was killed in a crash.
Courtney Ellis, 14, from Haydock, died after she was hit by a car in St Helens, Merseyside at around 9.50pm on Saturday.
Yesterday, Courtney's devastated aunt said her school uniform was hung up for her to wear on Monday just before she was killed.
In a tribute today, Courtney's mum Angela said: "Courtney was a bubbly girl who loved to be around friends and family. She was so loveable and protective of her peers.
"Courtney wanted to be a midwife and was ready to start knuckling down in school to achieve good grades as she realised it was what she needed to do to be able to go on to further things once leaving school.
"She had so much potential. All her family are devastated and can't believe that she has been taken away from us.
"I, her mum, gave birth to her not knowing she would only have 14 years' worth of a life and I wish that I could of done more and gave more so that she could of fulfilled so much more before she passed."
Courtney's aunt Joanne Schofield, 50, shared an emotional statement on behalf of the family yesterday.
"All Courtney’s family are seriously heartbroken. It’s a shock. It was sudden and you don’t expect it for a girl just starting out in her life to be killed," she said.
"Her sister is devastated and her mum and dad are devastated. All the rest of the family are in shock. She will be severely missed. The family are getting lots of support from friends, neighbours and the police."
Ms Schofield said Courtney's family was going through an "awful time", and that they had been contacted by her upset school friends and their parents.
“It was only a few days ago that one of her teachers rang up and said how well she was doing. Her school uniform was hung up last night ready for the morning and it’s devastating. It’s absolutely tragic," she said.
Two men, aged 18 and 19, arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving have been released under investigation, said Merseyside Police.
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Inquiries are continuing and police have appealed for anyone who witnessed the collision, or has CCTV or dashcam footage, to come forward.
Anyone with information should contact @MerPolCC or 101 quoting ref. 20000569277.
Alternatively, contact the Roads Policing Unit on 0151 777 5747 or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.