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A 12-year-old girl has died after being assaulted in Liverpool city center following an altercation.

A murder investigation has been opened following the death of Ava White. She was killed while out with friends Thursday night during the annual Christmas tree lights on Church Street.

Four men – one 13, two 14 and one 15, all from Liverpool’s Toxteth district – have been arrested on suspicion of murder, Merseyside police said.

Officers were called around 8:39 p.m. to report an assault.

Upon arrival, they discovered that Ava had collapsed to the ground and that a member of the public who had witnessed the incident was providing first aid. Paramedics responded and Ava was taken to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, where she died shortly after.

In a statement, Merseyside Police said: “It is with great sadness that we confirm that a 12-year-old girl, Ava White, has died following an incident in Liverpool city center on last night.”

Deputy Chief Constable Jon Roy said, “Our thoughts and condolences are with Ava’s family, who are supported by specialist Family Liaison Officers. Their world has been torn apart and no parent should ever have to face the police knocking on the door to say their child has passed away.

“We believe that Ava and her friends were involved in a verbal argument which resulted in Ava’s assault causing catastrophic injuries. And we understand that the offenders were then seen running down School Lane crossing Hanover Street. and Fleet Street.

He said the four men were being questioned at Merseyside police stations.

He added: ‘Liverpool city center was very busy at the time of the incident as the Church Street Christmas tree lights had been officially on shortly before and we would appeal to anyone in attendance. were on Church Street and saw the incident. , or maybe even captured it on their cell phone, to come forward.

“Anyone who has witnessed the incident, or who may have even filmed the incident, or who has information that may help us in our investigations, is invited to send a message to DM @MerPolCC ‘Center de Merseyside Police contact on Facebook ‘or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 with reference 0899 from 25 November.

“There will be additional agents in the city over the next few days and in the run-up to Christmas who will visibly reassure those who live, work and visit the city.

“Ava’s death should remind us all of the role we each have to play in ending violence against women and girls.

“Ava passed away on White Ribbon Day, a global campaign to end violence against women, and yesterday partners from across town gathered to mark the day, which also marks the start of 16 days of activities designed to raise public awareness about VAWG. [violence against women and girls] show how we work together to make sure VAWG is something that shouldn’t be tolerated in any society. “

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