Lillia pictured celebrating her eighth birthday
A 22-year-old man has been charged with murdering nine-year-old Lilia Valutyte, who was stabbed in the street in Boston on Thursday.
Lithuanian national Deividas Skebas will appear in court tomorrow accused of killing the girl.
She had reportedly been playing with her younger sister close to where their mum was working, with local residents telling how a hula hoop and a toy pram were left at the scene.
Lincolnshire Police said in a statement this evening: ‘Lilia tragically died following an incident in Fountain Lane, Boston, at around 6.20pm on July 28. She is believed to have suffered a stab wound.
‘Her parents are being supported by specially trained officers, and we would urge for their privacy to be respected at this particularly difficult time. Their welfare continues to be a priority for us.’
Chief Superintendent Martyn Parker said: ‘This is a heartbreaking case that has affected many people in Boston, and further afield.
‘Our thoughts continue to be with Lilia’s family at this exceptionally difficult time.
‘The response to such a devastating incident has involved committing significant resources to the investigation, and engaging with people in Boston who are understandably shocked by Lilia’s death.
‘Our officers have been in the town, speaking to the public and listening to their concerns. We’ll continue to maintain a significant presence over the coming days.
‘Finally, I’d like to extend my thanks once again to the public and the media, who have provided help in a challenging and fast-moving case. Your support is appreciated by our officers and staff.’
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