Tributes pour in for Lilia Valutyte, 9, who was stabbed to death in front of her sister
A nine-year-old girl was stabbed to death in front of her little sister as they were playing with a hoop in the street.
Lilia Valutyte was with her five-year-old brother outside a cafe where their mother worked when she was attacked with a knife, The sun reports.
Two men were in custody and questioning over the attack last night after armed police raided a house in the county market town of Lincolnshire in England.
One investigative lead reportedly centers on claims the attacker believed Lilia’s mother, Lina – a boss at a recruitment agency – owed him money for shifts at the factory .
Lina reportedly worked from just 3 meters watching her daughters from the cafe window.
She was the first to rush to her daughter’s aid on the cobbled street, which is also home to legal and accounting firms, beauticians and restaurants.
A local said: “His mum had a business inside. She was working from a desk on her laptop and had been doing so for a few months.
“It’s only a quiet street so she let them play outside.
“I think they had a hula-hoop and a stroller. I’m sure she would have been inside.
Another resident who knows the family extremely well said: “It’s horrible. I spoke to Lilia at 4 p.m. yesterday and she said to me: “Goodbye, see you tomorrow”.
Another family friend said The sun: “It’s just a bad joke. She was so small. I cut her hair only a few days ago.
“There is no humanity left in this place – none. For anyone to do this is inhuman.
A few days earlier, the girls had baked a cake for their father, Aurejlius, for his birthday and posted a photo on social media.
Detectives said yesterday they had arrested two men in connection with the attack, which took place at 6.20pm on Thursday on Fountain Lane.
They declined to reveal what offenses the suspects were being questioned about.
Chief Superintendent Kate Anderson, Lincolnshire Police, said: ‘Our thoughts continue to be with Lilia’s family and friends.
“If any members of the public have information that would help, please call, or they can report anonymously via Crimestoppers.”
A force spokesman added yesterday: “We believe this is an isolated incident.
‘Just a little girl’
“We are continuing to investigate extensively and have committed a number of resources to this investigation.
“You will see more officers patrolling the area and we have a large number of specialist detectives who have been brought in to help.”
Boston Council Leader Paul Skinner said: “The city is united in mourning the very sad and tragic death of a nine-year-old girl.
“We cannot imagine for a second the pain the girl’s family and friends are going through and our deepest condolences go out to them.”
Mr Skinner said that as a sign of respect, the council would fly a flag at half-mast.
Heartbroken residents have spoken of their horror at the “most shocking tragedy to ever strike the city”.
Many visited the scene to lay flowers.
A note attached to a bouquet of pink roses reads: ‘So sorry this cruel world cost you your life beautiful girl.
“May you be in the arms of the angels.”
Taxi driver Jonathan Newton, 55, said: ‘We are a very tight-knit community here and the city is deeply shaken by this tragedy.
“She was just a little girl. How could someone do that to a nine year old?
“This is the most shocking tragedy that has ever struck our small town. I’m just speechless.
Lilia’s former school also paid tribute. Staff at Holy Trinity Nursery School said the community was “shocked and sorry” to hear the “devastating news”.
Lilia’s family is being supported tonight by specially trained officers.
In 2016, Boston was the murder capital of England and Wales, according to Home Office data recording crimes per 100,000 population.
The town has recorded the highest number of murders and attempted murders.
Roberts Buncis, 12, was stabbed to death in Boston two years ago.
Stabbed while playing
This morning her father Edgars spoke emotionally to Lilia’s parents and siblings.
“Dear family, you will go through hell. Be strong, take all the help you can get,” he said.
“My son was stabbed to death on December 12, 2020, and I still live with it and I think it will never end. It’s so sad.
“Where are we going, what’s wrong with this world, what’s wrong with Boston…I’ll tell you a thousand words but I don’t know what to say… be strong, love those you have.”
Matt Warman, MP for Boston and Skegness, said his thoughts are with the girl’s family.
He said: “Deeply shocking news in Boston. My thoughts are with the family of the girl involved.
“I have spoken to senior officers locally and am extremely grateful for all the work of the emergency services.”
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Originally published as Tributes Flow after nine-year-old girl Lilia Valutyte was found stabbed to death in front of her sister