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Olivia Pratt-Korbel: Mourners dress in pink for tragic girl’s funeral

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ourners wearing pink were attending the funeral of murdered Olivia Pratt-Korbel on Thursday morning.

The mass for the nine-year-old was being held at St Margaret Mary’s Church in Knotty Ash, Liverpool.

Those attending were asked to wear a “splash of pink”.

Olivia’s headteacher, Rebecca Wilkinson, was among those at the church.

Staff from the funeral company wore dark suits with pink cravats and pink butterfly brooches.

Family handout photo issued by Merseyside Police of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbe

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Olivia was shot at her home in Dovecot, Liverpool last month.

Pupils at St Margaret Mary’s Junior School, next to the church, were also wearing pink to remember their classmate.

Headteacher Rebecca Wilkinson said: “We were mindful of the fact that the children had to take some sort of role today, in spite of the fact that they’re not going to the church.

“The wishes of the family in church were that everyone wear a splash of pink so today in school the children are all wearing a splash of pink.

“We have got pink hearts in the windows facing the main road, we have got pink ribbons on the fence.”

Olivia’s coffin is carried into St Margaret Mary’s Church

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Each of the 480 pupils at the school will be creating a flower which will form part of a memorial for Olivia, Mrs Wilkinson said.

And school uniform rules will be relaxed to allow nail varnish.

Mrs Wilkinson said: “One of the amazing memories that the class teacher and children shared was one day Olivia came to school wearing pink nail varnish and she spent the whole day hiding her hands so that I wouldn’t see the fact she was wearing pink nail varnish!

“So for that reason, as well as a splash of pink, we have said that the children can wear pink nail varnish today if they so wish.”

Police are continuing to hunt or the gunman who chased convicted burglar Joseph Nee into Olivia’s family home at about 10pm on August 22.

Olivia died from a gunshot wound to her chest and her mother Cheryl Korbel, 46, was injured.

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

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