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Lilia (9) was stabbed while playing in the street
Residents of Boston, in the English county of Lincolnshire, are in shock: On Thursday, a nine-year-old girl was stabbed in the street.
Lilia Valutyte was with her sister (5) downtown in front of a cafe where her mother Lena worked. At 6:20pm (local time), children were playing with hula hoops on a cobbled, quiet street when Lilia was stabbed.
British media reported that the mother was the first to run to her seriously injured daughter. Paramedics then fought for the schoolboy’s life in an ambulance, but could not save him.
A local resident said: “I’m sure mum wasn’t far away because she was always watching over them. She’s a very quiet girl, I just can’t understand it.” Another resident said, “This shouldn’t have happened. A parent’s worst nightmare.”
Home Secretary Priti Patel, 50, wrote on Twitter: “Shocked by the tragic death of a nine-year-old girl in Boston, Lincolnshire.” His “deepest sympathy” goes out to the girl’s family.
One person reportedly fled the scene. The police are currently examining the surveillance camera footage. Forensic officers searched for evidence into the early hours of the morning while officers secured the crime scene.
Police announced Friday that they have formed a homicide squad and arrested two people in connection with the stabbing. Investigators did not say if they were teenagers or adults. Police believe this is an isolated incident.
Chief Superintendent Kate Anderson said: “This incident has shocked our community in Boston and I want to reassure you that we are carrying out an investigation and doing everything we can to support the family.” Lilia’s family receives psychotherapy. Anderson called on witnesses to contact police.
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