The family of the 9-year-old girl who was shot dead in her own home has spoken out and shared a message for the child’s killer.
Little Olivia Pratt-Korbel was inside her Kingsheath Avenue, Liverpool home with her mother, Cheryl, when 35-year-old career criminal Joseph Nee stormed the building in an attempt to run away from an unidentified gunman wearing a balaclava.
According to the reports, the suspect followed Nee inside the family home and opened fire when Cheryl tried to block the door. The bullet hit the mother’s wrist and struck her daughter in the chest while Olivia was hiding behind her mom.
The gunman fled the scene after the shooting and currently remains at large. Meanwhile, Nee’s cowardly friends stormed the house and rushed the man to the hospital while leaving Olivia to die.
Now, the family of the bright and happy young girl spoke out and shared a message for the “scum” killer who destroyed their lives.
“Our family will remember this picture of my beautiful niece with happiness and pride… this tiny cheeky little girl with the Korbel attitude thrown in and then some xx but to the scum that’s done this, this picture is going to haunt you for the rest of your days,” Peter Korbel, the child’s uncle, wrote.
Meanwhile, Olivia’s cousin Rebecca Louise said: “I don’t think I or the family will ever find the words to describe the heartache we have all felt in the past 24 hours.
“We haven’t just lost ‘Our Liv,’ we’ve lost a daughter, a sister, a niece, a cousin and a granddaughter. Our little Liv who was full of life, full of sass and most definitely knew what she wanted in life.”
Speaking to Metro, Rebecca added: “You had so much potential and a full life to lead beautifully. I can only apologize for the cruel world we live in and the monsters in it. My heart aches so much and I don’t think we will ever digest what’s happened.
“We WILL find who did this and we WILL get justice for you baby girl. Lewis & I love you SO much it hurts. Forever 9 years young.”
Our thoughts are with Olivia’s family during this challenging time.
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