The arrests of two men suspected of murdering a nine-year-old girl shot dead at her Liverpool home are said to have brought a sense of hope and relief to the area.
A 33-year-old man from Dovecot was arrested by armed officers on Friday, the day after a 36-year-old man from the Huyton area was detained after an operation that also involved armed agents.
Olivia Pratt-Korbel was shot at Monday night after a gunman pursued her designated target, who was named convicted thief Joseph Nee, at the family home in Dovecot, also injuring her mother Cheryl, 46. years.
Liverpool Assistant Mayor Harry Doyle said people have come forward with information because they “want to see justice” for the girl and her loved ones.
He told BBC Breakfast: “Our community is obviously still extremely shaken by what has happened.
“There is certainly a sense of hope and relief, with the announcements of the two arrests made so far.
“But the community has really come together this week.”
On Saturday, Merseyside police reiterated their call for people to come forward with names, warning that “silence is not an option”.
The force tweeted: “A simple request: Share this far and wide, with everyone you know, and ask them to share if again, so that there is no hiding place for anyone involved in the murder of little Olivia.
“We need names. Silence is not an option “.
The 33-year-old suspect was arrested on Friday in Lunsford Road on charges of murdering Olivia and two counts of attempted murder.
Merseyside police released aerial footage of the 36-year-old being arrested Thursday, charged with murdering Olivia and two counts of attempted murder, by armed agents.
In the clip, the agents can be seen taking the man away due to the heat signature technology.
It arrived after neighbors described seeing armed police “all in black with balaclavas and machine guns” descend on an apartment building.
The force also released an image of a black Audi Q3, which they believe is the same car used to take Nee, 35, to the hospital.
The car was seized and investigators are asking for information from witnesses who saw it in the days leading up to the shooting, or have information about its subsequent movements.
Olivia’s family urged people to “do the right thing” and said, “If anyone knows anything, now is the time to talk. It’s not about being a ‘snitch’ or a ‘weed’, it’s about find out who took our baby away from us. “
A £ 500,000 support package announced by the Home Office “doesn’t touch the sides” and what the affected community in Liverpool needs are “long-term solutions,” Doyle said.
Around £ 350,000 will be used to expand a pilot program as part of efforts to combat organized crime in Merseyside, while £ 150,000 will provide trauma and mental health support in the Liverpool and Knowsley areas, the government announced.
Doyle said budgets have been “decimated over the years,” including those for youth grants.
She said: “What our community needs are long-term solutions and financial support solutions for the children on the street who were friends with Olivia.”