Olivia Pratt Korbel: Girl’s uncle warns unknown killer her photo will haunt them

Olivia Pratt Korbel: Girl’s uncle warns unknown killer her photo will haunt them

The uncle of Olivia Pratt-Korbel warned whoever killed her that her photo will haunt them forever.

Olivia Pratt-Korbel died on Monday night when a 35-year-old man, unknown to the family, ran into her terraced house in Kingsheath Avenue, in the Dovecot area of Liverpool, in an attempt to escape a shooter.

Her mother Cheryl Korbel, 46, was shot in the wrist as she tried to close the door on the gunman while Olivia stood behind her.

Peter Korbel wrote on Facebook : “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…


Rebecca, the older cousin of Olivia, posted on Facebook on Tuesday night with a message dedicated to her and a series of photos of the little girl with various family members.


“Baby girl, I don’t think I or the family will ever find the words to describe the heartache we have all felt 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.

“You had so much potential and a full life to lead beautiful.”

Rebecca went on to apologise for the “cruel world we live in” and the “monsters” that lived in it.

“My heart aches so much and I don’t think we will ever digest what’s happened,” she said.

“We WILL find who did this and we WILL get justice for you baby girl. Lewis & I love you SO much it hurts. Forever nine years young.”

The post went on to urge the nation to “get these weapons off our streets” to ensure no other family had to endure the main the family had experienced.

“No other child should have to lose their lives to these senseless crimes,” it read.

“Forever and always in our hearts baby.”

The heartbreaking post came as on Tuesday night Merseyside Police Chief Constable Serena Kennedy appealed to the “criminal fraternity” in Liverpool for information.

Ms Kennedy told a press conference on Tuesday: “This is a shocking and appalling attack which will reverberate around our communities, and I want to take this opportunity again to appeal to anybody who knows who was responsible for this attack to please come forward and give us those names.

“We need to find all who are responsible for – not just the gunman, we need to find who supplied the weapon and who arranged this terrible incident.”

The Liverpool Echo said the killing had “shocked the city” and made a passionate front page appeal for help, by telling its readers to “imagine the agony of Olivia’s family as they are told she did not make it – murdered in her own home”.

It continued: “Imagine knowing something about this unspeakable crime but keeping quiet because you would rather surrender our city to the thugs than to get justice for Olivia.

“If this is you, ask yourself…whose side are you on?”

The man who had entered the family home suffered gunshot wounds to his upper body and, as Olivia lay dying, was picked up and taken to hospital by friends driving a dark-coloured Audi.

This man has now been named as Joseph Nee, who remains in hospital after suffering gunshot wounds in the shooting.

Nee has now been arrested and will be further questioned in connection with Olivia’s death.

Merseyside Police has not publicly identified Nee, who was previously convicted of two counts of theft of a motor vehicle, dangerous driving, driving without insurance and driving while disqualified.

But earlier the force said a 35-year-old man injured in the shooting would be recalled to prison for allegedly breaching the terms of his licence conditions with “poor behaviour”.

The force also said officers had been given the same name by two different sources in the hunt for the gunman.