A teenage boy charged with raping and murdering a 14-year-old girl has appeared in court.
Viktorija Sokolova was found dead in a park in Wolverhampton by a member of the public on Thursday, a day after she was reported missing.
The Lithuanian-born teenager had suffered blunt force trauma to the head, police said.
A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with rape and murder.
He spoke only to confirm his name, age and address at a five-minute hearing at Dudley Magistrates’ Court.
The boy was remanded in secure youth detention ahead of a hearing at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Tuesday.
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A second boy, aged 17, was arrested on suspicion of murder and has been bailed pending further investigation.
Viktorija’s family described the teenager as “a little angel” who “she made our lives so colourful and full of meaning”.
They added: “You will be living in our hearts, soul and mind forever. Goodbye our little angel.”
West Park remains closed as forensic investigations continue.
Additional reporting by PA