Olivia Pratt-Korbel’s funeral to be held today as mourners asked to wear ‘splash of pink’ in tribute to nine-year-old | The Sun
THE funeral of murdered nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel will be held today – with mourners asked to wear a "splash of pink" in tribute.
Innocent Olivia was shot dead in cold blood after a gunman chased convicted burglar Joseph Nee into her home in Dovecot, Liverpool, on August 22.
He open fired, with a bullet passing through Olivia's mum's wrist before striking the tot in her body – fatally wounding her.
As Olivia lay dying on the floor, callous friends of the injured man then arrived, carried him to their black Audi and took him to hospital — without bothering to check on the family.
She was rushed to hospital but declared dead later that night.
Her funeral will begin at 11am in St Margaret Mary's Catholic Church in Knotty Ash, next door to Olivia's school, St Margaret Mary's Catholic Junior School.
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Mourners have been asked by the tot's family to wear "a splash of pink" in tribute.
Her young classmates do not have to attend but will honour much-loved Olivia by saying prayers and painting their nails pink.
And they will watch the little girl's favourite film; an adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic 'Matilda'.
Merseyside Police have made nine arrests since the tot's killing, but no-one has yet been charged with her murder.
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Cops have this week been searching at West Derby Golf Club where searches for the two guns used in the attack.
It comes as Tory peer Lord Ashcroft has offered a massive £50,000 reward for information leading to the gunman's arrest.
The reward follows a heart-breaking appeal issued by Olivia's mum Cheryl Korbel to find her daughter's killer – telling them "you know you have done wrong".
With her hand wrapped in a bandage from the night she lost her daughter, Cheryl told Merseyside Police: "She was amazing, she loved life. She was my little shadow. She went everywhere with me.
"She didn't like school because she had to do work but she loved it because she was with all her friends.
"Everyone that she met they all fell in love with her.
"She left a mark on everyone that she met and she may well have only been nine but she packed a lot in them nine years.
"She never, ever stopped talking. And that is what I miss the most, because I can't hear her talk.
"I am hoping that they come forward so this doesn't happen to anybody else.
"You know you have done wrong so you need to own up like I have taught my kids. You do something wrong, you own up to it."
Crying through the pain, Cheryl demanded that anyone "hiding the guns" that killed Olivia needs to "speak up".
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"Because they need to be off these streets, no one, no one at all, should have to go through this", Cheryl added.
Anyone with information can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or crimestoppers-uk.org.
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