Hundreds Of Mourners Attend Funeral Of 11-Year-Old Schoolgirl Killed Falling From Drayton Manor Theme Park Water Ride

Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of an 11-year-old schoolgirl who died falling from a theme park water ride.

Family and friends gathered in Leicester this afternoon to remember Evha Jannath, a week after she was fatally injured on a school trip.

Police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are investigating her death at the Splash Canyon ride at Drayton Manor, in Tamworth, Staffordshire.

She is said to have plunged into the water as she stood up to change seats on the river rapids attraction. She was plucked from the water by park staff but died after being airlifted to hospital.

The Muslim Burial Council of Leicestershire said it was providing help and support to Evha’s family.

The council said in a statement: “We would like to emphasise again that the full facts surrounding Evha’s sad passing have yet to be fully established and there is still an ongoing investigation.

“In light of this we urge people to not speculate, or present as fact, any details surrounding Evha’s passing.”

The youngster’s family said they have been “torn apart” by the tragedy and requested that the ride is suspended until the inquiry has concluded and the full facts are established.

Erfana Bora, headteacher at Jameah Girls Academy, where Evha was a Year 6 pupil, joined relatives at the funeral at Saffron Hill Cemetery.

Keith Vaz, MP for Leicester East until Parliament dissolved ahead of the forthcoming General Election, also attended.

He said Evha’s parents Suable and Nuran Jannath had requested to see CCTV footage of her final moments.

Mr Vaz said: “The family wish to see the last pictures of Evha.

“What happened at Drayton Manor last Tuesday is still the subject of a police and health and safety investigation.

‘The outcome of these investigations is of great importance to every parent who takes their child to a theme park and every owner and operator of them.”

Speaking yesterday for the first time since his daughter’s death, Evha’s dad, 47, described her as a “happy, laughing girl”.

He told the Mail on Sunday: “I loved my daughter too much, and she loved me too much.

“I have no tears left in my eyes because I have cried so much.

“She used to call me and I used to call her. I used to ask her if she had eaten, if she had gone to school, and if everyone around her loved her.”

Drayton Manor reopened on Saturday four days after the tragedy, but the river rapids ride remains closed.

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