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Olivia Pratt-Korbel: fourth man arrested in Liverpool murder investigation

The 34-year-old driver from Liverpool has been arrested. Earlier on Sunday, another 34-year-old man was arrested in Runcorn on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

Two other men, aged 29 and 41, were arrested on suspicion of aiding criminals. Four suspects remain in custody while detectives question them.

Two men, aged 33 and 36, had previously been arrested by Merseyside Police on suspicion of murder and two counts of attempted murder – but have since been released on bail.

The horrific incident unfolded after a gunman tried to force his way into Olivia’s home on Golden Sheath Avenue, Dovicotte at around 10pm while chasing convicted burglar Joseph Nee. Olivia was shot in the chest by the shooter, while her mother Cheryl Kerber was shot in the wrist as she tried to chase the shooter out of her home.

None of the men who entered the house had any contact with their family. At the start of Olivia’s trial on August 30, Liverpool’s senior coroner, Andre Rebello, said armed responders found her with a gunshot wound to her chest.

He said when she was taken to Aldersea Children’s Hospital in the back of a police car, a police officer ‘picked up’ Olivia and ran with her to try and save her life, pressing his hand to his wound. But she was pronounced dead in hospital shortly afterwards. Merseyside Police are appealing to the public for information.

Meanwhile, people paid tribute to Olivia. In the ninth minute of Everton’s game against Liverpool on Saturday there was applause and a picture of Olivia appeared on the screen.

Anti-knife and gun banners were also displayed at the Premier League’s Bruns Road stand, with Everton and Liverpool supporters. Olivia’s funeral will be held at St Margaret Mary’s Church in Dovecot on September 15.

Her family asked mourners to wear “pink splashes”. A crowdfunding page set up to support Olivia’s family has raised over £40,000.

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