Family pay emotional tribute to 11-year-old Marianne

Date published: 04 October 2018

The family of 11-year-old Marianne Haboc have described “our beautiful daughter” as someone who will be “sadly missed by all that knew her at her school, gymnastics club and church.”

Marianne passed away on Monday afternoon after being involved in a collision with a red Range Rover on Taylor Street at around 3.30pm.

In a statement her family have 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.”

Numerous other tributes have been paid to Marianne, including Rochdale Olympic Gymnastics Club opening up a Justgiving page in a bid to buy some equipment to keep in the 11-year old’s memory.

Currently they are just under their £2,500 target.

Her family says Marianne “loved her gymnastics and we are incredibly proud of what she achieved in that sport.

“She was a devoted Catholic and enjoyed gospel reading.”

A 33-year old woman was arrested at the scene of the incident on Monday afternoon on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

She has since been released under investigation.

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