FAMILY and friends have released balloons in memory of a 13-year-old girl who died at her home in Rainhill on Sunday night.

Eboney Cheshire's loved ones gathered at Penny's Pit in Rainhill to release balloons in tribute to the Rainhill High pupil last night.

A post on Love Rainhill Facebook page, alongside a picture of the teenager, said: "There will be a balloon launch at Penny’s Pit Rainhill in memory of the young girl Eboney who tragically passed away at the weekend.

"Everyone is welcome to go and show their support to her family and friends at this sad time."

John Pout, executive principal of Rainhill High School said: "We have been advised of the very sad news that one of our pupil's passed away at the weekend.

"Advice and support is being offered to pupils throughout the school.

"Our thoughts are with all the family and we offer our most sincere condolences."

Police were called to Sandon Close in Rainhill on Sunday evening after reports that a 13-year-old girl was taken ill.

The girl was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead at 1.20am on Monday.

The cause of her death remains "unexplained" after a post-mortem examination was carried out.

A Merseyside Police spokesman said: "The cause of her death remains unexplained pending forensic analysis and the investigation is ongoing.

"The scene has now been closed and the family is being supported by officers and other partners."