Teen, 18, arrested in connection with murder of Olivia Pratt-Korbel | The SunSeptember 9, 2022
A TEENAGER has been arrested in connection with the murder of tot Olivia Pratt-Korbel.
The man, from the West Derby area of Liverpool, was arrested on Thursday night and will be questioned by detectives, a spokesman for Merseyside Police said.
Olivia, nine, was gunned down in cold blood by a masked gunman at her home in Dovecot, Liverpool, on August 22.
Yesterday, police executed warrants at three properties in West Derby and arrested another man, a 29-year-old, on suspicion of assisting an offender.
He remains in custody.
The teen is the 10th person arrested in connection with the case but no charges have yet been brought.
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A Merseyside Police spokesman said: "The investigation into Olivia's murder remains ongoing and we continue to appeal for people with information to come forward to assist us in bringing those responsible to justice."
The shooter had chased another man into the family home before opening fire.
The bullet passed through Olivia's mum's wrist before striking the little girl in her body – fatally wounding her.
She was rushed to hospital but declared dead later that night.
The arrest comes as Olivia's broken mum Cheryl Korbel launched a desperate appeal to find her daughter's murderer.
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Speaking on Tuesday, Cheryl said: "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".
"Because they need to be off these streets, no one, no one at all, should have to go through this", Cheryl added.
The thug, dressed in a balaclava and dark jacket, reportedly shot into the house four times.
Three men, aged 41, 34 and 29, have since been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Meanwhile a 34-year-old is also held on suspicion of attempted murder.
Cops suspect the crime to be drug related and the man who was being chased by the assassin had been convicted of drug dealing.
He was described by police as a "well-established organised crime group member".
Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Kameen said: “I continue to urge anyone who has information that can help our investigation into Olivia's tragic murder to please come forward.
"A number of people have been arrested in respect of this investigation.
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"However, we still need the public’s help in ensuring that we can a build a strong evidential picture so justice is served for Olivia and her family."
Anyone with information is asked to message @MerPolCC or contact @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111.
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