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Ellen Kirwin

Boy, 16, shot in street over £200 debt and his killer is still free

A teenager was shot dead in the street and his killer remains on the loose.

Liam Kelly, 16, was gunned down in the street in Dingle, in the early hours of June 19, 2004. Tomorrow will mark 19 years since the shooting and his killer is still yet to be caught.

The prime suspect for the murder is Kevin Parle, who is known as being one of the country's most wanted men. It is said the fugitive shot the teen as part of a dispute between Liam and Anthony Campbell, who the teenager believed owed him £200.

Campbell pleaded guilty to arranging the murder and was handed a life sentence with a minimum term of more than two decades. Peter Sinclair also admitted to assisting the alleged gunman, Parle, by by disposing of two mobile phones and kept look-out while he burned clothing which may have contained incriminating evidence.

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In 2020, the ECHO reported that a £20,000 rewards remains on the table for information on the murder. Liam Kelly was ambushed as he got out of a friend's silver Vauxhall Astra, on Grafton Street, and was hit by a bullet to the chest and another to his right arm.

Police believe Mr Kelly was approached by two men from different directions, both armed with guns. In the hours before the shooting a court previously heard how Liam was frustrated with the debt and drove round to Campbell's aunt's house and threw a bicycle through a front window.

The incident is said to have lead to his killers to setting up the shooting. Parle, was arrested and questioned by police before being released on bail - which he failed to answer - and has since been subject to repeated appeals from law enforcement agencies.

What Kevin Parle looked like before and what he could look like now (Merseyside police)

Parle is also wanted in connection with the murder of 22-year-old Lucy Hargreaves in 2005. In previous statement, Detective Chief Inspector Mark Baker, of Merseyside Police, said: “Despite time passing, we are continuing to investigate Liam’s murder.

"His family have suffered greatly knowing that Kevin Parle could be out there somewhere and hasn’t been put before the courts. Kevin has denied a teenager reaching major milestones in his life - including family celebrations, birthdays, careers and relationships - something so many of us take for granted.

"When Liam was murdered, his mother Mary made a heartfelt plea directly to his friends and associates where she begged them to tell the police anything that might help us bring his killers to justice. I am reiterating that important appeal in the hope that someone will now find it in themselves to do the right thing and come forward.

"A £20,000 reward still stands for any information that leads to the arrest of Kevin. It has been over a decade and I firmly believe loyalties and peoples circumstances change, making me hopeful that we will bring Liam’s family and friends justice."

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