Olivia Pratt-Korbel funeral: Mother says 'goodnight' to daughter as mourners turn out in pink

The mother of Olivia Pratt-Korbel has said “goodnight” to her daughter as mourners turned out in pink for her funeral in Liverpool.

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

Olivia, nine, was fatally shot in her home in Dovecot on August 22.

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Olivia's mother Cheryl Korbel (centre) leaves St Margaret Mary's Church in Knotty Ash, Liverpool, following the funeral for her daughter. Picture: Peter Powell/PA Wire
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Pink ties, jackets, scarves and bows were worn by those attending the service after her family asked people to wear a “splash of pink”.

Uniformed police offers attended, while hundreds of local residents gathered in the road outside.

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

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

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The coffin of Olivia Pratt-Korbel is carried into at St Margaret Mary's Church in Liverpool. Picture: Richard Martin-Roberts/Getty Images

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

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

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

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“She would often give them a cheeky smile and they would give in instantly.”

The coffin of Olivia Pratt-Korbel departs from St Margaret Mary's Church in Liverpool. Picture: Richard Martin-Roberts/Getty Images
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Ending the eulogy, Mrs Korbel said: “Liv touched so many people’s hearts and was loved and adored by everyone.

“She will never be forgotten.

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

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

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Mourners show their grief at the Funeral of Olivia Pratt-Korbel at St Margaret Mary's Church. Picture: Richard Martin-Roberts/Getty Images

He described “our very own little diva” and said Olivia was kind, caring and helpful.

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

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

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

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

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Amazing Grace was sung as the coffin left the church, with those outside applauding as the cortege left 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.

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

Olivia died from a gunshot wound to her chest.

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

Nine people have so far been arrested in connection with the August 22 shooting, but no charges have been brought.

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