Family speak of heartbreak a year after unsolved murder

Family speak of heartbreak a year after unsolved murder

by Tom Martin (April 2021)

A Litherland mum has shared her pain and heartbreak a year after her son was stabbed to death as police continue to investigate the unsolved murder.

It’s beenmore than 12 months since 18-year-old Kyle Whitley was killed in Litherland, but police are still appealing for information to bring his killers to justice.

Kyle was fatally stabbed in Vincent Road on the afternoon of April 13 last year and three people remain under investigation in connection with the murder.

Kyle’s mother, Lisa and his sister, Molly said: “Kyle’s murder has killed our family. He was a young man with his whole life ahead of him. He was applying for jobs, going to the gym, getting into fitness and trying to be the best person he could be before his life was tragically cut short. 

“Somebody must know something about what happened to our amazing son and brother. We’d beg you to please find it in your hearts to come forward with any information that could help our family see justice served.”

Detectives are continuing to appeal for anyone who has information to get in touch.

Detective Inspector Barbara Hebden said: “The past 12 months have not been easy for Kyle’s family who have had to grieve for the loss of a young man who was senselessly killed while knowing his killer(s) are still walking the streets.

“Although we have followed up a number of lines of enquiry we believe that there are people out there who have information which could help bring those responsible to justice.”

To help find potential witnesses, police have released a ‘video walk-through’ of the routes it is believed was taken by those involved in Kyle’s murder.

One of the videos show the route it is believed was taken by one of the culprits from Church Road to flats on Vincent Road prior to Kyle being stabbed and the route taken by the same offender leaving the scene along Vincent Road towards Daley Road.

The second video shows a route through gardens along the rear of Moss Lane which is believed was taken by a second person leading onto Moss Lane and towards Church Road, following the stabbing. To view these videos in full, visit Merseyside Police’s website.

Detective Inspector Barbara Hebden added: “Extensive enquiries have established the routes we believe those who were involved in Kyle’s murder took to get to Vincent Road, where Kyle was stabbed, and the routes they took when they left the scene.

“Although on the day of Kyle’s death we were in the first national lockdown I am sure there were people out and about, in their cars, or on foot, maybe exercising or a key worker going to or coming home from work. This was also the Easter Bank holiday Monday and so many people may have been out in their gardens and may have heard or seen something. 

“If you were one of those people and were in the area of Vincent Road, Moss Lane or Daley Road between 2pm and 3pm that day I would urge you to come forward as you may, without realising, have seen something which could be vital to our investigation.”

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