Ava White: Liverpool police launch murder investigation after 12-year-old girl was killed
Merseyside police said the girl, named Ava White, was with friends at the time. The lights on the Christmas tree on Church Street, the heart of the city’s main shopping district, were turned on just before.
Four male suspects, a 13-year-old male, two 14-year-old and one 15-year-old, all from the city’s Toxteth neighborhood, were arrested on suspicion of murder.
Officers were called to reports of an assault at around 8:40 p.m. local time, according to a police notice released Friday. They found Ava collapsed on the ground, with a member of the public giving first aid.
Paramedics were on the scene and Ava was taken to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, where sadly she passed away a short time later despite the best efforts of the staff. medical,” the announcement said.
Assistant Sheriff Jon Roy said the Merseyside force’s thoughts were with Ava’s family.
“Their world has been torn apart and no parent has ever faced a knock on the door from police officers to say their child is dead,” he said.
“We believe Ava and her friends were involved in a verbal argument that culminated in Ava being physically assaulted causing catastrophic injury.”
Roy urged anyone who may have seen the incident or even recorded it on cell phone footage to come forward to police. The city center was very busy at the time because of the official lights on, he said.
Police said some streets remained cordoned off as forensic officers investigated. Additional staff members will head downtown in the coming days to reassure the public.
Roy said: “Ava’s death is a reminder to all of us of the part we must do in ending violence against women and girls.
He added that she died on White Ribbon Day, a global campaign to end violence against women. Earlier in the day, partners from across the city came together to mark the 16th day of activities aimed at raising awareness of the issue and showing that violence against women and girls will not be tolerated. tolerance, he said.
“Today I am angry for Ava and her family, for parents in the area who are concerned for the safety of their children and angry that such a bad act should have happened here,” he said. he tweeted.
Peter Duffy, principal of Notre Dame Catholic School, where Ava attends, said she was “a hugely popular girl with a great group of friends”, according to the UK’s PA news agency.
“Our deepest thoughts and prayers go to Ava’s family, friends, and everyone affected by this utterly tragic event,” he said. “My staff is working with students to provide all the support they need at this traumatic time.”