Kevin Wilson shooting: Family 'struggling to come to terms with death'

Kevin Wilson Image copyright Merseyside Police
Image caption Kevin Wilson was killed in what police believe was a targeted attack in the Wavertree area of the city

The family of a 17-year-old who was shot dead in Liverpool has said the death "has turned our world upside down".

Kevin Wilson, originally from Scotland, died in hospital after he was shot in the back in Wavertree on Saturday.

Merseyside Police are still searching for the killer and are treating the shooting as a targeted attack.

A statement from the family said: "As a family we are struggling to come to terms with the tragic loss of Kevin."

"He will be missed every day and our lives will never be the same again. He still had his whole life ahead of him and he has been taken away from us too soon," the statement added.

Image caption Smithdown Road and Holmes Street was cordoned off as police made house-to-house inquiries

"We would like to thank people for their support during this difficult time and would ask that we be left to grieve in private."

Officers performed CPR on the teenager, who is originally from Viewpark, Lanarkshire, but he was pronounced dead in hospital.

The crime scene at the junction of Smithdown Road and Holmes Street remained cordoned off until Monday afternoon as officers completed house-to-house inquiries.

Officers have also examined CCTV and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Det Ch Insp Tom Keaton, said: "We are absolutely determined to find the person or persons responsible for this horrendous act but we need the public's help.

"We are aware that around the time Kevin was shot there were a number of people in the vicinity of Smithdown Road near to Holmes Street."

A post-mortem examination will be carried out later.

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