Only yesterday - or at least that's how it must seem to her parents - Amy Barnes was attending the prestigious Lords Independent School in Bolton. The establishment has a proud history, based on old-fashioned values and discipline, stretching back 100 years. Its latest Ofsted report is glowing and comments on the 'excellent behaviour of pupils'.
Amy's family are not especially well-off. Her mother is an art teacher; her father runs a tyre company. But they made sacrifices to send their daughter to Lords. The fees were nearly £5,000 a year. Amy was worth the sacrifice. Apart from anything else, she had a big heart. From an early age, she did voluntary work: helping at pensioners' tea parties at Christmas, teaching disadvantaged youngsters performing arts (Amy inherited her mother's artistic genes) and working at a disabled riding school.
She loved horses - and helping others. 'We were proud of the beautiful person that she was inside and out,' says her mother Karyn Killiner, 41. It is a view shared by teachers, the various charities she was involved with, and her friends. At 11.35am on November 8 last year, Amy dialled 999. 'I've been stabbed,' she said pitifully in between screaming and crying. 'Please help me. Please help me.'
Amy had just told her boyfriend she didn't want to see him any more. He decided to teach Amy a lesson with a kitchen knife - slashing her from ear to mouth and then stabbing her. Her facial injuries were so horrific that the last words poor Amy uttered before being sedated in casualty were: 'I want to die.' In fact, they were the last words she ever spoke.
Amy was exceptionally beautiful, and the prospect of being permanently disfigured haunted her last moments. She was just 19.