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Merseyside Police is offering a £20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Kevin Parle – on the 10th anniversary of the murder of the teenager that detectives want to question him over.

Sixteen-year-old Liam Kelly was fatally shot in Grafton Street, Dingle in the early hours of Saturday 19th June in 2004.

He had been driven to the Grafton Street area by a friend in order to meet an associate when, at around 2am, he was shot as he got out of his friend’s silver Vauxhall Astra close to the junction of Draycott Street.

Liam suffered one gunshot wound to his chest, which proved fatal, and a second gunshot injury to his right arm. He managed to seek help from a house in Grafton Street and the emergency services were called. However paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

A full-scale murder investigation was launched by Merseyside Police.  Officers believe the 16-year-old was approached by two men from different directions, both of whom were armed with a firearm. Enquiries have led them to establish that Liam tried to run away but was shot as he tried to get into a house. He died as a result of the shotgun injury to his chest.

Several people, including Kevin Parle, were arrested in connection with the murder. Parle was questioned and released on police bail. He failed to answer bail and a warrant was later issued for his arrest.

While Parle has been outstanding, three other people have been convicted for the murder and sent to prison.

Now, detectives from the force’s new Matrix Serious Organised Crime unit are offering a £20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Kevin Thomas Parle, aged 34, from Liverpool, who is wanted on suspicion of the murder of Liam.

Kevin, who also uses the alias Joseph Kenneth Parle, is described as white, 6ft 5ins tall and of broad build. He has blue eyes and a 1-inch scar on the left side of his head. He has been known to have cropped ginger hair but his hair colour or hair style may have changed over time.

He is known to have links to the Torrevieja area of Spain’s Costa Blanca however he could be in one of numerous different countries.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Hesketh, from MSOC’s major crime unit, said he hoped the offer of the reward would encourage people with information about Parle’s whereabouts to come forward.

He said: “Liam’s family have suffered greatly in the past ten years. They need to see Kevin Parle in court to face justice.

“Liam was just 16-years-old when he was shot in Grafton Street a decade ago today. He had a whole life ahead of him and was denied that future by his killers.

“His mother Mary in particular has suffered immense anguish in losing her son in such a violent and premature way. Tragically she has been denied the opportunity to see her boy grow up into a man and perhaps have a family himself.

“When Liam was murdered, 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.

“Today I am both reiterating that important appeal and strengthening it with the offer of a reward in the hope that someone will find it in themselves to do the right thing and come forward with the specific information we are asking for.

“We are extremely keen to locate Kevin Parle and we need information that will lead to his arrest for the murder of Liam.

“There is a £20,000 reward being offered by Merseyside Police for that information and I am calling on people who knew Liam or who know Kevin and who might have such information to get in touch with us.

“In the past decade, loyalties may have changed. People may have left their criminal lifestyle behind, turned a corner, started a family, matured.

“Liam Kelly was denied that opportunity by the people who murdered him. If you know where Kevin Parle is, do the right thing – call us”.

Mary Kelly, Liam’s mother, said: “Liam’s murder has had a devastating effect upon the family. It has destroyed my life over the last ten years.

“We just want Kevin Parle brought to justice so that we can at least have some closure. I am pleading with anyone who knows where Kevin Parle is to come forward and help us to bring this nightmare to an end.”

Call Merseyside Police’s MSOC major crime team on 0151 777 8617, 0800 230 0600 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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