Heart­bro­ken fam­ily pay trib­ute to their ‘beau­ti­ful daugh­ter’

Rochdale Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

THE fam­ily of a school­girl who died af­ter be­ing struck by a car have paid trib­ute to their ‘beau­ti­ful daugh­ter’.

Mar­i­anne Haboc, 11, died on Mon­day, fol­low­ing the col­li­sion on Tay­lor Street in Rochdale.

She was pro­nounced dead at the scene de­spite the ef­forts of the emer­gency ser­vices.

The driver of the red Range Rover in­volved in the col­li­sion stopped at the scene.

The 33-year-old woman has since been re­leased un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion while po­lice con­tinue to make en­quiries.

Mar­i­anne was in her fi­nal year at St Patrick’s Pri­mary School and a mem­ber of the Rochdale Olympic Gym­nas­tics club.

In a heart­break­ing trib­ute her fam­ily said the young­ster used to get to school early to make friends with younger pupils. The trib­ute said: “Mar­i­anne, our beau­ti­ful daugh­ter, was a nat­u­ral born leader that could mo­ti­vate friends to unite and do the same to­gether re­gard­less of age, race or be­lief. It was her own goal to be a top pupil of the year be­fore leav­ing pri­mary school.

“To achieve this, she had a lit­tle plan by com­ing to school early so she could meet more young pupils to play with and to im­prove her pro-ac­tive­ness and re­la­tion­ship to them and her teacher.

“She loved her gym­nas­tics and we are in­cred­i­bly proud of what she achieved in that sport.

“She was a de­voted Catholic and en­joyed gos- pel read­ing. Mar­i­anne will be sadly missed by all that knew her at her school, gym­nas­tic club and church.”

Dis­traught class­mates were in tears as they made their way to school the day af­ter the tragedy.

A state­ment on St Patrick’s Pri­mary School web­site urged par­ents to send their chil­dren in, promis­ing spe­cial­ist sup­port.

Many fam­i­lies stopped to leave flow­ers, cards and teddy bears close to the scene of the tragedy, be­hind a row of shops at the junc­tion of Tay­lor Street and Whit­worth Road. Some par­ents, as well as chil­dren, were moved to tears.

One per­son to leave a bou­quet of flow­ers was Danny Brown, 31, whose daugh­ter Tia, also 11, was in the same class as Mar­i­anne at St Patrick’s.

He said: “My daugh­ter was re­ally good friends with her.

“She was such a nice, friendly, help­ful, in­tel­li­gent lit­tle girl. It’s just so, so sad what has hap­pened. She will be sadly missed.”

Cards on the flow­ers on a patch of grass near the scene said: “Sleep tight Mar­i­anne.”

An­other said: “Sorry we couldn’t have done more. RIP lit­tle one.”

In a state­ment on the school web­site, St Patrick’s said: “Sadly, our school com­mu­nity is griev­ing to­day for the loss of our Year 6 pupil Mar­i­anne who died fol­low­ing a tragic ac­ci­dent.”

Mar­i­anne was a mem­ber of Rochdale Olympic gym­nas­tics club.

A post of the club’s Face­book page said: “RIP lit­tle su­per­star. No words can de­scribe how we all feel tonight! Fly high.”

●●A young­ster reads some of the tributes to Mar­i­anne

●●Mar­i­anne Haboc (above and be­low) died af­ter be­ing hit by a car on Mon­day

●●Res­i­dents came to leave flow­ers and toys at the scene of the tragedy

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