Teenage shooting victim’s family left ‘broken’

Published: Tuesday 17th November 2015 by The News Editor

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The family of gun victim Lewis Dunne, who was shot and killed in Merseyside on Sunday night, said they have been left “broken”.

Sixteen-year-old Lewis was found suffering from a serious gunshot wound to his back after being blasted on a canal towpath in Eldonian Village, in the Vauxhall area of Liverpool, shortly before 11.20pm.

His mother Gemma, father Steven and sisters Ashley and Yasmin said: “Most people wait years to find their soul mate, but the day our Lewis was born was the day our hearts and souls were complete.”

A Home Office post mortem examination found that Lewis died from injuries caused by a single shotgun discharge to his back.

He had been taken to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, but died a short time later.

Detectives from Merseyside Police’s matrix serious and organised crime unit are continuing to keep an open mind as to the circumstances leading up to Lewis’s death and all available lines of inquiry are being investigated.

Paying tribute, his family described him as “kind and gentle”.

The statement read: “He had so much love to give and it was truly a luxury to feel. Our baby, our Lewis, our blessing.

“We have been sat here trying to find the words to describe the love of our lives. But the fact is we can’t. All the adjectives ring hollow because they don’t do justice to who Lewis truly was.”

They appealed for anyone with information to come forward, saying: “Our family is broken. Please, if anyone knows anything about what happened to Lew, our gorgeous, handsome baby boy, come forward. He did not deserve this.”

They added that they wanted people to know how “beautiful” Lewis was who “had the power to do something great in this world”.

“Lewis was his own person – he was sure of himself and knew who he was. He had values that weren’t compromised by anything. He was an individual. He loved everyone, he loved peace and would sit and talk for hours on end, reflecting on the wonders of life. He was deep and he was sensitive. He was not just academically smart, he was wise. Wiser than most adults in fact.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the gun crime hotline on 0800 230 0600 or leave information anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Published: Tuesday 17th November 2015 by The News Editor

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