Olivia’s mother wishes her “goodnight” at the funeral service

Olivia’s mother wishes her “goodnight” at the funeral service

Olivia Pratt-Korbel's coffin is brought to St Margaret Mary's Church in Knotty Ash, Liverpool (Peter Powell / PA) (PA Wire)

Olivia Pratt-Korbel’s coffin is brought to St Margaret Mary’s Church in Knotty Ash, Liverpool (Peter Powell / PA) (PA Wire)

Olivia Pratt-Korbel’s mother said “goodnight” to her daughter as mourners showed up in pink for her funeral.

St Margaret Mary’s church in Knotty Ash, Liverpool, was packed for funeral mass Thursday, with people also standing on the pavement outside to pay their respects.

Nine-year-old Olivia was shot dead at her home in Dovecot on 22 August.

Pink ties, jackets, scarves and bows were worn by the service attendees after his family asked people to wear a “splash of pink”.

Olivia’s mother, Cheryl Korbel, 46, who was injured in the shooting, brought a pink teddy bear into service.

In a eulogy, he said Olivia was born six weeks earlier and spent nine days in a special baby unit.

She said: “She was so small and yet even as a baby she had a mind of her own.”

He said Olivia was “chatty” and “bubbly”, and joked that her daughter would talk so much that they thought it ran on Duracell batteries.

She added: “Olivia knew exactly how to wrap people around her little finger to get what she wanted, especially her brother Ryan and her sister Chloe.

“He often gave them a cheeky smile and they gave up instantly.”

Concluding the eulogy, Ms. Korbel said: “Liv touched the hearts of so many people and was loved and adored by all.

“She will never be forgotten.

“I will never say goodbye, but what I will say is goodnight, I love you, see you in the morning.”

A eulogy from his father John Francis Pratt was read by the parish priest Father Roy Cooper.

She described “our little diva” and said that Olivia was kind, thoughtful and helpful.

Olivia’s sister Chloe also gave a reading during the hour-long service.

His coffin was brought to church in a white horse-drawn carriage, with floral tributes in the shape of a unicorn and a teddy bear placed next to it.

In a homily, Liverpool Archbishop Malcolm McMahon said that Olivia was a “gift to her family and everyone who knew her”.

He said: “With the words of St Paul, let us comfort each other with words of faith – faith in one another, faith in God and faith in the belief that Olivia’s premature death will lead to a community here in Liverpool without violence, which will become a place of peace and justice ”.

Amazing Grace was sung as the coffin left the church, with those outside cheering as the procession departed for a private burial.

Pink hearts were placed on the fences of St Margaret Mary’s Junior School, next to the church, where Olivia was a pupil.

Police are continuing to hunt down the gunman who chased convicted thief Joseph Nee into Olivia’s family home at around 10pm.

Olivia died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

The founder of the charity Crimestoppers, Lord Ashcroft, has offered a reward of £ 50,000 for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for his death.

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