A Stoke City youth team footballer has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 15-year-old girl was stabbed to death.
Andrew Hall, 18, was taken into custody after Megan-Leigh Peat was found dead at a house in Ailsbury Road, Ampthill, Bedfordshire.
Megan - who lived with her mother, brother and mother's partner in Flitwick Road, Westoning - died from her injuries after paramedics and police were called to the house at 1.30am on Saturday.
Police have said that the property belonged to a mutual friend, but earlier reports that there had been a house party were incorrect.
A spokesman for Bedfordshire Police said: "An 18-year-old male was arrested shortly after the incident, but due to an injury that he had sustained was taken to hospital for medical treatment.
"He remains in hospital under police guard and has not yet been interviewed."
Flowers have been left outside the home and blood spots could be seen on the pavement outside.
Tributes to the popular teenager - who was a pupil at Harlington Upper School - have been posted on Facebook and other social networking sites.
Hannah Louise Watson wrote: "Still can't believe it. You made everyone proud when you never have up and held your head high through the hardest of times and you always helped supporting everyone around you.
"So now is our time to thank everything you've done to help others and thank you for the best memories Megan."
Hall played for the Premier League team's under-18s side last season.
Stoke City FC confirmed to Sky News that Mr Hall was one of 10 young players who have recently been offered "professional development contracts" to play at under-21 level at the Premier League club.
A spokesman said: "The club are not prepared to comment at this stage other than to say that the thoughts of everyone here are with Megan's family at this tragic time."
Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers , anonymously, on 0800 555111.