Devastated dad of ‘bright star’ Elle Edwards speaks out after pub shooting

The family of Elle Edwards have described the beautician as "someone you instantly fell in love with" as police issued a fresh plea for information.

Tim Edwards, the 26-year-old's heartbroken dad, was visibly emotional when he appeared during a press conference at Merseyside Police headquarters in Liverpool this morning (Friday, December 30).

Mr Edwards sat silently as detective superintendent Sue Coombs read the family's statement, describing Elle as "beautiful" and a "bright star".

"Her looks, her laugh and the way she would light up a room as she walked in. She had this way about her that as soon as you met her, you instantly fell in love with her," Detective Coombs said.

"She loved life, and had so many amazing plans for the future. She was only just getting started.

"Christmas in our family will never be the same without her, she was the glue that held this big family together. We will love and miss her forever, our Ellie May, the most beautiful and bright star out there, forever and always."

The police chief then issued a fresh plea for information regarding Elle's death.

"We know that the answers to this lie within our communities," she said.

"So my appeal to you is please tell us what you know and help us get justice for Elle’s family.

"Particularly, we want information about the whereabouts of a dark-coloured Mercedes that was in the Lighthouse public house carpark before the incident.

"We want to know where it came from and where it’s gone since then.

"If you’ve got information but don’t want to speak to a police officer directly, please contact us via Crimestoppers."

Elle had been spending Christmas Eve at the Lighthouse Inn pub in Wallasey Village, near Liverpool, when she was shot in the head at around 11.50pm.

Her friends Meg and Jess who had been at the pub with her went back to the scene to leave a tribute to their friend.

They said they mistook the gunshots for "fireworks" and added that everything changed in a "split second".

Police believe Elle was hit by a stray bullet and believe she was not the planned target of the shooting, in which four men were also injured.

A 30-year-old man from Tranmere who was arrested on suspicion of murder was recalled to prison on licence.

Police added that a 19-year-old woman from Rock Ferry arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder has been bailed and a 31-year-old man arrested in connection with the murder remains in custody.

Two others who had been arrested in connection with the death have been released from custody, authorities added.

Earlier, it was revealed that the shooter had fired into the doorway of the pub 12 times from what sounded like an automatic pistol.

CCTV from a nearby shop showed three series of shots being fired, a report on Thursday (December 29) said.

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