Continued appeal for information on 12-month anniversary of the murder of 18-year-old Kyle Whitley in Litherland
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We are today, Tuesday 13th April, appealing for information on the 12 month anniversary of the murder of 18 year-old Kyle Whitley.
Kyle was fatally stabbed in Vincent Road, Litherland on the afternoon of April 13th 2020. He was taken to hospital by ambulance but sadly died.
Three people remain under investigation in connection with Kyle’s murder.
Detectives are continuing to appeal for anyone who has information which could assist with the investigation to get in touch.
To assist any potential witnesses we are today releasing 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 offenders (RH36) from Church Road to flats on Vincent Road, Litherland, prior to Kyle being stabbed and the route (RH37) taken by the same offender leaving the scene along Vincent Road towards Daley Road.
The second video (RH39a and RH39b) 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.
Detective Inspector Barbara Hebden said: “Today marks exactly a year since Kyle was fatally stabbed in Litherland.
“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.
“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.”
Speaking a year on from his death, 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.”
Anyone with information is asked to DM @MerPolCC or contact @Crimestoppers anonymously quoting reference 20000215637.