Who was Rhys Jones and when was he murdered in Liverpool?

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ON a tragic afternoon in August 2007, football-mad Rhys Jones was gunned down in a crime which shocked Britain.

The 11-year-old was struck in the neck with a bullet and his death sparked a huge police investigation that lasted months. Rhys Jones was killed aged 11 in 2007 on his way home from football practice Credit: PA:Press Association Who was Rhys Jones?

Everton fan Rhys was shot on August 22, 2007, as he walked home from football practice through the car park of the Fir Tree Pub in Croxteth.

Three shots were fired, with the little boy fatally struck by one of the bullets.

One struck Rhys in the back and his distraught mother Melanie rushed to the scene when she heard what had happened. Who murdered Rhys?

More than 300 officers worked on the murder investigation, with 11 people ultimately arrested over the murder.

Half a dozen more people were arrested the next day.Sean Mercer, a member of the Croxteth Crew gang, was charged with murder with the then 18-year-old sentenced to life behind bars with a minimum of 22 years.Fellow gang members, including James Yates, Nathan Quinn, Melvin Coy, Dean Kelly and Gary Kays were also convicted of assisting an offender.As Rhys lay dying Yates helped Mercer dispose of his bike, clothes and the gun he had provided him with just before the shooting. Why was he killed? Mercer’s “Crocky Crew” were involved in a tit-for-tat turf war with the Strand Gang, aka the “Nogga Dogz”, from the estate.There […]

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