Eddie Pybis murder: Family's appeal one year on

Edward Pybis
Image caption Eddie Pybis was shot in the chest while sitting in a Volvo car

The family of a 20-year-old man who was shot dead in Liverpool have appealed for information on the first anniversary of his shooting.

Edward Pybis, known as Eddie, was shot while a passenger in a silver Volvo travelling along Utting Avenue, Anfield, on 3 January 2011.

He died six days later from injuries to his arm and abdomen.

Seven people arrested on suspicion of murder have all been bailed pending further inquiries.

Mr Pybis' mother, Mary, said her life had been "on hold" since the death of her youngest son.

The family spent Christmas visiting his grave, she said.

"Not a day goes past without us all thinking about Eddie," she said. "The house is quiet without him - he was the life and soul.

"Someone must know who took Eddie away from us and I beg, on behalf of us all, to get in touch with the police and help us."

She added: "I will never get over losing my youngest child and only son but knowing who did this will help me, his dad and his sisters get some closure so we can start living again after this nightmare."

'Take a stand'

Mr Pybis' father, Edward Clelland, added: "It has been a year since Eddie was shot.

"We ask anyone who knows anything about why it happened, or who did it, to call the police in case they have the crucial information the police need."

Police particularly want to speak to anyone with information about a black BMW seven series - registration plate DX57 UHU - which was seen driving erratically in the area shortly beforehand. The car had been stolen from Knutsford in December 2010.

Officers also want to speak to two men travelling in a dark saloon car which was smashed into the side of a silver Ford Focus - registration plate NH57 HKX - in Larkhill Close on the afternoon of 3 January.

Det Ch Insp Neil Clark, of Merseyside Police, said: "We are following a number of positive lines of enquiry but still need members of the community to take a stand against these kind of incidents and give us information.

"We also appeal directly to the family members of those involved in gun crime to help us. The information they give us could prevent their loved ones from becoming a victim and suffering the same pain as Eddie's family."

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