Girl, 9, stabbed to death is pictured as grieving locals ‘rocked to the core’ by killing
A nine-year-old schoolgirl stabbed to death last night has been pictured for the first time.
Detectives launched a murder probe after Lilia Valutyte, was killed yesterday evening in Boston, Lincolnshire.
Officers had swarmed to Fountain Lane around 6.20pm on Thursday and cordoned off an area outside the historic St Botolph’s Church.
Earlier this evening Lincolnshire Police confirmed her identity and the youngster has now been pictured for the first time.
East Area Commander, Chief Superintendent Kate Anderson, said: “Our thoughts continue to be with Lilia’s family and friends.
“If any members of the public have information that might assist, please call 101 quoting incident 419 of 28th July, or they can report anonymously via Crimestoppers.”
A spokesperson for the force added: “We can now confirm the identity of the nine-year-old girl who sadly died in Boston yesterday as Lilia Valutyte.
“She died on Fountain Lane, as a result of what we believe to be a stab wound.”
The force has confirmed two people have so far been arrested, although they are yet to release any details.
The death has sent “shockwaves” through the town, according to shocked members of the public.
Taxi driver Jonathan Newton, 55, said: “We are a close knit community here and the town is rocked to the core by this tragedy.
“She was just a little girl, how could anyone do this to a nine-year-old? It’s the most shocking tragedy to ever befall our little town.
“I’m just speechless.”
Another resident, who did not wish to be named, added: “My heart is breaking for that girl’s parents.
“I’ve seen people who don’t even know the family in floods of tears today.”
Several people have left floral tributes as well as cuddly toys at the scene of the crime.
Officers earlier asked for anyone with information to contact police by calling 101 and quoting incident number 419 of 28 July.
Alternatively email [email protected] by quoting incident 419 of 28 July in the subject line.
Those who wish to remain anonymous can report information via the independent charity CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111 or online.