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“She loved life and all it had to offer.” Family pay tribute to Olivia Pratt-Korbel

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“She loved life and all it had to offer.” Family pay tribute to Olivia Pratt-Korbel

The family of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel have paid tribute saying she “would blow people away with her wit and kindness.”

Olivia was killed on Monday evening when a gunman chased another man into her home in Liverpool and opened fire “with complete disregard” for anyone else in the property.

Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Kameen spoke at a police briefing earlier today and said police were pursuing a number of “positive lines of enquiry” and warned the killer: “We will not rest until we find you and we will find you.”

Speaking at a media briefing at Merseyside Police HQ, he said: “We have had a number of names provided to us.”

He told reporters it was unclear if the gunman may have fled overseas, but said: “We will find him wherever he goes.”

Olivia’s family have released the following tribute to the Liverpool schoolgirl:

“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.

“We as a family are heartbroken and have lost a huge part of our life.

“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.”

Now that Olivia’s family have provided this statement to the media, they have asked for privacy to allow them the space to grieve.  Thank you.

Anyone with information is asked to DM @MerPolCC or call @CrimestoppersU on 0800 555 111 quoting log 1083 of 22nd August.

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