Murder arrest over Olivia Pratt-Korbel’s death, police say

After a nine-year-old child was shot and killed in her own home, a man was detained on murder suspicion.

On Monday, Olivia Pratt-Korbel was struck in the chest as her mother fought with a shooter at their door in Dovecot, Liverpool.

A 36-year-old Huyton man was reportedly arrested during a Thursday night raid in Merseyside that included armed cops.

He was detained on two charges of attempted murder as well.

Cheryl Korbel, 46, opened her front door on Kingsheath Avenue at 22:00 BST in response to a disturbance outside, and Olivia was murdered as a result.

Joseph Nee, 35, the attack’s intended victim, was being pursued by the shooter.

The males, who were total strangers to the family, barged in, and Olivia was shot and killed.

Ms. Korbel, who was wounded in the wrist while attempting to close the door, is now out of the hospital.

Nee, a resident of Dovecot, was shot in the upper torso and driven to the hospital by a third guy in a black Audi.

Nee will be sent back to jail when his therapy is finished because he reportedly violated the requirements of his license.

The drug dealer was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison in 2018 for breaking and entering.

He had also previously been found guilty of two charges of car theft, reckless driving, driving without insurance, and operating a vehicle while ineligible.

Olivia was a “unique, talkative, nosey young girl who shattered the mold when she was born,” according to her relatives.

They said in a statement that Olivia “She made the most of every moment and would wow people with her warmth and humor.

“Our family has lost a significant portion of our lives, and we are sad.”

Merseyside Police’s Det Ch Supt Mark Kameen earlier said that recent shootings involving Ashley Dale, 28, who was slain in the Old Swan neighborhood, and Sam Rimmer, 22, who died in Dingle, had caused “disgust” in the city.

On Monday, Karen Dempsey, 55, was also discovered wounded in a bar parking lot close to Kirkby. Her son is accused of killing her.

After the killings, the government declared it would give Merseyside £500,000 to fight crime and offer mental health care.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said during a trip to Liverpool that the nation as a whole had been “appalled by the wave of violence.”

In a news conference on Friday, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said that the team’s “thoughts and prayers are with the [Olivia’s] family.”

“It must feel so awful, I can’t even begin to fathom.”

Following an appeal against knife and gun violence by Everton manager Frank Lampard and team members, Klopp said: “We must remember that this is our city, therefore we must do all we can to improve it.

I dislike the times when crime occurs, but I like how we come together and give it our best at such times.

On behalf of both teams, former Everton player Ian Snodin and former Liverpool striker Ian Rush earlier laid flowers at Kingsheath Avenue.

A note from Everton FC was written on the flowers: “Olivia, RIP. Nothing can explain or diminish the grief of such a catastrophe.

“Our community is solid. always on our minds.”

While a message from Liverpool FC, attached to the floral tribute, read: “Olivia, please rest in peace and know that everyone at Liverpool Football Club is thinking of you.

You won’t walk alone.

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