Olivia Pratt Korbel: Mum's heartbreaking tribute to daughter
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Cheryl Korbel, whose nine-year-old daughter was shot in their home in Dovecot, Liverpool, paid tribute to her “little shadow” in the video filmed and released by Merseyside Police. Ms Korbel, 46, said she hoped whoever was responsible for killing Olivia would hand themselves in to police.
She said: “You know you’ve done wrong, so you need to own up. Like I taught my kids, you do something wrong, you own up to it.
“If anyone is hiding these guns, they need to speak up because they need to be off the streets. No one, no one at all, should have to go through this.”
Ms Korbel, wearing a cast on her wrist after being injured during the shooting, said the family had been planning days out and a trip to buy Olivia’s new school uniform before she died.
She said: “I didn’t get that chance to go and get her school uniform. But I’ll keep going, for Liv.”
Paying tribute to her daughter, she said: “She was amazing. She loved life. She was my little shadow. She went everywhere with me.
“Everyone she met, they all fell in love with her. She left her mark on everyone.”
Ms Korbel broke down in tears as she described how her daughter would never stop talking. She said: “That’s what I miss the most, because I can’t hear her talk.”
Olivia’s father John Francis Pratt also paid tribute to his daughter and called for anyone with information about her death to come forward.
Mr Pratt and his wider family said in a statement: “We don’t want another child to lose their life in such horrendous circumstances and we don’t want to see another family suffer like we are suffering now.
“Olivia’s death cannot be in vain and we want people to feel safe and be safe. That can only happen if we all come together and make sure there is no place for guns, or those who use guns on our streets or in our communities.”
The family described Olivia as a “real bright spark who knew her own mind” and had no problem making friends. The statement added she loved to laugh and make others do so too.
Mr Pratt said in the statement: “She could be a proper wind-up merchant and loved to wind her nieces up, particularly those who were older than her, and when they didn’t like it she’d just laugh and say ‘don’t forget I’m your aunty’.
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“Olivia’s future has been cruelly snatched away from her and we have been deprived of a real light in our lives.
“We know there has been an exceptional response to police appeals and we would like to thank those who have come forward.
“At the same time, we want to urge others who may have evidence to keep coming forward with information.”
The family thanked family, friends and neighbours for their support in the aftermath of the killing, adding that “most people” on Merseyside are “good-hearted and kind”.
A 34-year-old man from Liverpool has been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.
He remains in custody after police were granted an extension to continue questioning him.
Three other men have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
Olivia was shot in her home when a gunman chased convicted burglar Joseph Nee into the property at about 10pm on August 22.
A post-mortem examination found the medical cause of her death was a gunshot wound to the chest.
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