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A NINE-year-old schoolgirl stabbed to death overnight has been named Lilia Valutyte.
Two people have been arrested after little Lilia was found on a quiet street in Boston, Lincolnshire last night.
Police said she would remain at the scene for the ‘foreseeable’ future.
A floral tribute left near the scene reads, “I’m sorry this cruel world took your life, beautiful girl.” May you be in the arms of the angels’. Credit: PA
Forensic officers searched the scene for clues this morning.
Forensic officers set up an evidence tent on Fountain Lane after the tragedy occurred around 6:20 p.m. m.
Lincolnshire Police have since launched a murder investigation and this morning confirmed two arrests in connection with the horrific discovery.
In an update this afternoon, Area East Commander Chief Superintendent Kate Anderson said: “Our thoughts continue to be with Lilia’s family and friends, and if any members of the public have information that may help, please call 101 citing the 419 incident of July 28, or they can report anonymously through Crimestoppers.”
Speaking to reporters near the police cordon at the scene this morning, the senior officer described Lilia’s death as a “total tragedy”.
She said: “A nine-year-old girl has died of what we believe to be the result of a stab wound. We have arrested two people in connection with the incident.”
“We believe this to be an isolated incident and we are pursuing extensive lines of investigation and have committed a number of resources to this investigation.”
She added that a “large number of specialized detectives” have been called in to help with the investigation.
But the Chief Superintendent declined to comment on whether those arrested were adults or minors, and would not confirm what crime they were detained on suspicion of.
She said: “We have a number of active lines of inquiry.
“It would be unfair for me to speculate on possible motives.”
Heartbroken locals have expressed their horror at the “most shocking tragedy to ever befall their city”, with many residents leaving floral tributes near the scene.
A bouquet of pink roses left nearby read: “I’m sorry this cruel world took your life, beautiful girl.
“May you be in the arms of angels.”
Taxi driver Jonathan Newton, 55, said: “We are a tight-knit community here and the city is shaken to the core by this tragedy.
‘JUST A GIRL’
“She was just a child, how could someone do this to a nine year old?
“This is the most shocking tragedy that has ever occurred in our small town. I am speechless.”
Another local resident, who did not want to be identified, added: “I just pray that whoever did this gets caught fast. My heart is breaking for that girl’s parents.”
“I’ve seen people who don’t even know the family crying today.”
A business owner who cut the victim’s hair a few days ago said: “This is just a bad joke.
“She was so small. She was just cutting his hair a few days ago.
“There is no humanity left in this place, none. For someone to do this is inhumane.”
She was just a child, how could someone do this to a nine year old?
Someone else added: “This is beyond a parent’s worst nightmare.”
A fifth said: “Scary, scary world. Makes you not want to let your kids go out and play.”
Police say the family of the tragic victim has been informed of her death and will have the support of officers.
And the tragedy follows a weekend of bloodshed in London, where three people died in less than 24 hours, with another seriously injured.
It is not the first time a girl has been stabbed to death in Britain, with the horrific murder of 12-year-old Ava White, who was stabbed to death by a 14-year-old boy, taking place in Liverpool last year. November.
Home Office figures from 2016 found that the port city of Boston was then the murder capital of England and Wales.
It topped a list of local authorities with the most cases of murder, attempted murder or conspiracy to commit murder per 100,000 people, Mail Online reports.
‘PARENTS’ WORST NIGHTMARE’
A father, whose 12-year-old son, Roberts Buncis, was stabbed to death in the area two years ago, asked for answers this morning.
Addressing loved ones of the latest Boston victim, he said: “Dear family, you will go through hell, be strong, accept all the help you can get.
“My son was stabbed to death on 12/12/2020 and I still live with it and I think he will never be done. He is very sad.
“Where are we going, what’s wrong with this world, what’s wrong with Boston… I’d tell you a thousand words but I don’t know what to say… be strong, love who you have.”
Meanwhile, Matt Warman MP, for Boston and Skegness, said his thoughts were with the girl’s family.
He said: “Deeply shocking news in Boston tonight. My thoughts are with the family of the girl involved. If you have any information that may assist the police with their ongoing investigation, please use the contact details below.
“I have spoken to senior officials locally and I am enormously grateful for all the work of the emergency services.”
He added: “I would ask people to refrain from speculation while this high-profile police investigation is ongoing.
“It is vital that those responsible are brought to justice.”