Family of Olivia, 9, pay tribute and urge people to ‘do right thing’ and turn in gunman

They said: ‘It is not about being a “snitch” or a “grass” it is about finding out who took our baby away from us’ (Picture: PA)

The family of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel have paid tribute to their ‘adored’ daughter, urging anyone with information about ‘who took our baby away’ to come forward.

In a statement released via police, they said: ‘Liv was a unique chatty, nosey little girl who broke the mould when she was born. She loved life and all it had to offer.

‘Liv loved dressing up and was very particular on how she was dressed, like any other little girl she loved doing her makeup and nails, she was nine going on 19.

‘Liv was adored by everyone who knew her and would instantly make friends with anyone and everyone. She was often seen going up and down the street on her new bike she had just got for her birthday.

‘Although her life was short, her personality certainly wasn’t and she lived it to the most she could, and would blow people away with her wit and kindness.’

Olivia was shot dead in her own home by a gunman who forced his way inside while trying to kill another man in Merseyside on Monday night.

She is thought to have been standing behind her mum, who was also shot in the wrist after she opened the door to see what the noise was outside.

No further arrests have been made in relation to Olivia’s killing and the gunman remains at large.

‘We as a family are heartbroken and have lost a huge part of our life,’ Olivia’s family said.

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Her family said Olivia was ‘unique’ and ‘loved life and all it had to offer’ (Picture: PA)

‘If anyone knows anything, now is the time to speak up. It is not about being a “snitch” or a “grass” it is about finding out who took our baby away from us. PLEASE DO THE RIGHT THING.

‘We as a family are eternally grateful for the help and support we have received from people across the world.

‘We are also thankful to Merseyside police for the outstanding work and to the staff at Alder Hey and Aintree hospitals.’

Police said that Olivia’s family have now asked for privacy to allow them the space to grieve.

Merseyside Police Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Kameen addressed the gunman today, saying: ‘My message to him remains the same.

‘We will not rest until we find you, and we will find you.’

Names have been provided to officers and ‘a number of positive lines of enquiry’ are currently being explored, detectives revealed today.

DC Kameen added that the 35-year-old man who was the original target of Monday’s attack remained in hospital for treatment.

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