More than 24,000 people have backed a petition for justice for Shelley student Jane Khalaf.

A staggering 4,000 people pledged their support to the campaign on Wednesday morning alone, two days after Jane, 19, was buried – and only seven days after it was launched.

Lottie Smith, a friend from Shelley College, set up the petition after fears that not enough was being done to investigate the mystery surrounding Jane’s death in Germany.

Jane died after joining the celebrations at a carnival in Cologne in November.

 

Jane’s family, who run Huddersfield’s Med One restaurant, had raised concerns in the Examiner over her treatment at both the St Marien Hospital and Kliniken der Stadt Koln and the city police’s handling of the enquiry.

They believe that she did not receive the appropriate treatment at the first hospital, where she collapsed four hours after being admitted and that someone was responsible for spiking her drink. She was strongly anti-drugs.

Lottie, 20, said: “It means so much that everyone is backing Jane and her family. The comments posted under the petition have been absolutely lovely and brought a lot of hope to Jane’s family.

“It’s not just family and friends who care, it’s the whole country, and to have that kind of support is really quite amazing.

“We won’t stop until Jane’s family gets justice and closure on what happened to their beautiful daughter.”

See how hundreds of people turned out to pay their respects to Jane at her funeral in Huddersfield below.

 

The Prosecution Office of Cologne, which is involved with investigations into Jane’s death, is still waiting for results from blood tests, which they say they need to decide the direction of their enquiries.

Initial tests taken at the hospital revealed that Jane had amounts of ecstasy and amphetamines in her blood before she died.