SEVEN-year-old Emily was "a ray of sunshine" who lit up a room with her smile, her teachers have said as an online book of condolence is opened.
Emily Jones was attacked by a stranger in Queen's Park, Bolton, on Sunday March 22 and died a short time later.
A 30-year-old woman was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder. She was detained under the Mental Health Act and remains in a high-secure facility.
An inquest into Emily's death was opened on Wednesday and adjourned to July 3.
Her parents, who had taken her to the park on Mother's Day, said they were "beyond devastated" at the loss of their daughter who was "always full of joy, love and laughter".
Tributes to the youngster have also been paid by staff at her school.
In a letter posted on its website, the head teacher of Markland Hill Primary School, Louise Close, said: "On Sunday 22nd March one of our much loved pupils died as a result of an unprovoked attack at Queens Park, Bolton. We are all heartbroken.
"I am sure that none of us can begin to imagine the pain and anguish that the family are suffering at this time.
"I am sure that you all share thoughts and prayers for Emily, her family, her friends and anyone who knew her.
"I want you to know how much Emily was loved. She will be missed by all her friends and all the staff. Her loss has left a hole in our hearts and the school will never be the same again."
Staff who worked closest with Emily said she was "a loving little girl" who was "creative and loved to draw and write stories".
They added: "Emily was keen to do her work and would joke that she had finished before others had even written the date. She was popular amongst her peers and was friends with everyone.
"Her smile was infectious and it lit up the room. Emily was bubbly, sociable and a joy to be around. She was a ray of sunshine.
"What I remember about Emily is her smile, it was as big as she was, and she lit up a room. She has been tragically taken from us but she will never be forgotten."
A permanent memorial at the school is being planned.
The letter added: "The letter added: "In these testing times we are unable to arrange a physical memorial so in the meantime you are welcome to share your thoughts, prayers and memories of Emily in the virtual book of condolences. We would welcome photos, poems or condolences.

"We are planning a permanent memorial for Emily at school and I will be discussing this with Emily’s family at a time that would be appropriate for them."

NWN: We are hearing some awful descriptions of what has happened here . TWO SOMALIAN women were involved according to witnesses, but only one, un-named, has been "detained under the mental health act". The little girl was almost decapitated according to rumours flying about .  Bear in mind that militant muslims have a record of murdering women and /or little girls as witnessed by the Manchester bombing at the Arianne Grande concert in 2017 at Manchester arena. Please read the comments on the link.