Friends and neighbours of an 11-year old boy shot dead in Liverpool in North West England have been paying their respects at the spot where he was murdered. Police arrested two teenagers aged 14 and 18 over the killing.
Rhys Jones was gunned down by a hooded assailant on a BMX bike in a pub car-park while walking home after football training.
He was still wearing his kit.
The boy spent his last moments cradled in his mother’s arms.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown called it a heinous crime that shocked the whole country.
“Since (the Home Secretary) Jacqui Smith and I took over the responsibilities that we’ve had, we have been urgently working to examine what more we can do to deal with the problems of guns and knives, of gangs in our country and more generally the problem of youth disorder,” he said.
The 11-year old is the youngest victim in a series of eight fatal child shootings in Britain this year.
Six have been in London, and one in Liverpool’s neighbouring city, Manchester.
Adults in Rhys’s community say he was an innocent boy, who was crazy about football, and had nothing to do with gangs.