CCTV has revealed the final moments of a nine-year-old schoolgirl who was stabbed to death as she joyfully played in the street with her little sister before paramedics rushed to save her.
Lilia Valutyte was brutally killed outside her mother’s embroidery shop in the town centre of Boston, Lincolnshire at around 6.20pm on Thursday, 28 July.
Footage has shown the moment the youngster was playing with her five-year-old sibling on a street in broad daylight with a hula hoop – which the pair often did while their mother was at work – before Lilia was attacked just ten minutes later.
Police officers could be seen running over to Lila followed by paramedics who rushed towards the little girl with their first-aid bags in a desperate bid to save her.
Shocked residents could then be seen gathering at the scene on Fountain Lane before an officer ushers them away, ITV News reports.
Lithuanian national Deividas Skebas, 22, of Boston, was charged with stabbing Lilia to death on Monday at Lincoln Crown Court.
He has been remanded in custody ahead of his next appearance at Lincoln Crown Court on September 19, when a provisional trial date will be fixed.
Lilia Valutyte (pictured) was brutally stabbed to death outside her mother’s embroidery shop in the town centre of Boston, Lincolnshire at around 6.20pm on Thursday, 28 July
CCTV has revealed Lilia’s final moments before she was stabbed to death as she played in the street with her little sister
Police officers could be seen running over to Lila followed quickly by paramedics who were running towards the little girl with their first-aid bags in a desperate bid to save her
Lithuanian national Deividas Skebas (pictured) has been remanded in custody ahead of his next appearance at Lincoln Crown Court on September 19
After the tragedy, her family was said to be in hiding for fear of being targeted, according to the Sun.
A family friend said they are ‘so, so worried’, adding: ‘They have not been able to stay at home. They are worried whoever did this could still be out there. They are worried they could be a target.
‘It is just so awful — they have the impossible task of trying to come to terms with the loss of Lilia. Then they still feel they need to protect their other little daughter.’
Lilia’s death has prompted an outpouring of grief in a town known for its large Eastern European community.
A family friend described Lilia as ‘a nine-year-old angel’ and ‘one of the most beautiful creatures’, adding: ‘None will feel her mother’s pain. The girl was a ray of the sunlight, just like her parents, who were the main helpers of our community and school events. The pain is unspeakable. We are devastated at this shocking news! Rest in peace, little angel.’
Skebas is pictured at a family party in Lithuania in 2020 at a photo posted on social media
Skebas came from the industrial city of Utena in north-east Lithuania, where members of his family still live. A property overlooking Boston’s Central Park was searched by forensic officers over the weekend.
Chief Superintendent Martyn Parker described Lilia’s death as ‘heartbreaking’, adding that the case ‘has affected many people in Boston, and further afield’.
The officer added: ‘Our thoughts continue to be with Lilia’s family at this exceptionally difficult time.’
Lincolnshire Police said that Lilia’s parents were being supported by specially trained officers.
Lilia died from a single stab wound at around 6.20pm in Fountain Lane, Boston, just 100 yards from the town’s famous St Botolph’s Church known as the Boston Stump.
The death of the nine-year-old girl has left local people in Boston in a ‘profound shock’
She is said to have been playing with her little sister outside the Sava Code embroidery and screen printing shop which was opened by her Lithuanian mother Lina Savicke in March this year.
Her death has prompted an outpouring of grief in the town which is known for its large Eastern European community.
Hundreds of floral tributes as well as cuddly toys have been left by local people in tribute to Lilia at the top of Fountain Lane.
Skebas is pictured in Lithuania when he was younger
Skebas came from the industrial city of Utena in north east Lithuania where members of his family still live.
He is said to have moved to the UK, and then returned to his home country, before arriving back in Boston recently.
His home in Thorold Street which overlooks Boston’s Central Park was searched for clues by white-suited forensic officers over the weekend.
A service of prayers and reflection was held in memory of Lilia at St Botolph’s church on Sunday afternoon heard how the Boston community had been left ‘scarred’ by her death.
Some of the 150 people at the service wept openly while lighting candles to remember the Lithuanian schoolgirl.
Jane Robertson, the associate rector, told how the 14th century Gothic church had echoed to the sound of children’s happy voices during play activities earlier last week.
She said: ‘Who would know that these scenes would be replaced with such sadness?’
Describing the ‘sheer pain’ of Lilia’s family, she added: ‘We can’t begin to understand how they are feeling.
‘How can this happen in a quiet market town in Lincolnshire?. There is perhaps anger, as well as grief, and maybe some fear as well.’
Nine-year-old Lilia Valutyte plays in street with her sister minutes before being stabbed to death