A heartbroken family has paid tributes to their "loveable" and "caring" girl who died after being hit by a car.
The schoolgirl, who dreamed about being a midwife, tragically died on Saturday.
Courtney Ellis's devastated family paid emotional tributes, with her mum describing her as a funny young girl.
The 14-year-old from Haydock, St Helens, "cared deeply for her family," said her mum, Angela.
She added "no parent should outlive their child", and Courtney's loss had devastated the family, reports LiverpoolEcho.
She 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.
“Courtney is like me, her mum, when it comes to emotional feelings.
"We could cry at watching soaps, she would cry at animal films if they were sad ones, so if she knew that this had happened and wouldn't be able to see all of us she would be so heartbroken.
"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 was very close to her siblings, Angela said, and she had lots of friends.
Angela added: “No parent should outlive their child.
"Morgan, her sister, is finding it hard to cope as she was best friends with Courtney and they did everything together.
"They could argue like cat and dog but they loved each other so much, Courtney was so protective of Morgan and she was younger than her but that was just Courtney's personality.
"All her friends say how funny she was, and polite and kind, and to hear that makes me proud that I brought a beautiful human being up.
“Courtney has two younger siblings Roman and Harper who she adored and they will be reminded of Courtney every day.
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"Roman loved playing with Courtney as she would act silly and her laugh whilst doing so would make you laugh, it was so catching.
"I will make sure they remember her through pictures and videos.
"Me, Phil (her step dad), Morgan, Roman, Harper, Grandad Paul, Sarah and Debbie (her aunts) are finding this so hard and are going to miss her so much, I can't get my head around this.
"We love you so much Courtney.”
Courtney's former school, Haydock High School, also paid tribute to the teenager.
In a statement, the school said: "We are all mourning the very sad loss of Courtney Ellis.
"Her death has left a huge hole in our school community. It is so sad to lose someone so young.
"Courtney was doing well, she was a bright young lady and had aspirations to be a midwife.
"Courtney was a bubbly, strong young lady who truly loved and cared for her friends and family.
"She knew right from wrong and had a strong sense of fairness.
"She was caring and sensitive with an excellent sense of humour.
"She had a lovely smile that made everyone else cheerful too. Courtney will be sorely missed by those who knew her."
A spokeswoman for the force said: "Officers are appealing for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision in St Helens on Saturday, 19 September.
"Two men, aged 18 and 19 were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
"The two males arrested in connection with the incident have been released under investigation as enquiries continue."
Anyone with information is asked to contact @MerPolCC or 101 quoting ref 20000569277 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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