A 15-year-old witness told police: "They were running over and just kicking her in the head and jumping up and down on her head".
As a result of the severe head injuries Lancaster sustained in the attack, she went into a coma from which she never regained consciousness and died of her injuries thirteen days later.
The police said the attack may have been linked to the couple wearing gothic fashion and being members of the goth subculture.
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They're not the sort of people to get in trouble, but they have had problems in the past because they stand out". Not being able to see her blossom into her full potential or even to see her smile again is a tragedy beyond words".
"The thing that makes me most angry is that it is seen as an isolated incident, maybe the seriousness of what happened to Sophie is isolated, but attacks are far from isolated.
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Five teenage boys were later arrested and charged with murder.
Two of them were convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.
By 5 October 2007, after questioning over 100 people, the police concluded that they were not expecting to make any more arrests in the case, and although 15–20 people were in the park at some point during the night of the attack, they believed that many were not directly involved, as the area was a regular night time hangout spot for teenagers.