The family of Payton Sparks today paid tribute to her as her boyfriend started an eight-year jail term for causing her death.
In a statement issued through Hampshire Police they said: ‘In our darkest hour we would like everyone to remember Payton how she was. A beautiful person, kind and forgiving in every aspect of life.
‘Payton was the kind of girl that would help anyone if she could. Not only has her family and friends lost her, but this world has also lost a shining light that brought happiness to so many people along her short journey of life.
‘We would like to take this time to thank family and friends for their support, and also the community of Leigh Park for all they have done.’
Payton’s boyfriend Lewis Young was jailed today for causing her death.