First picture of beautician killed in Christmas Eve pub shooting –

A young woman who died after a Christmas Eve shooting at a pub has been named as Elle Edwards.
The beautician was celebrating Christmas Eve at the Lighthouse Inn in Wallasey with friends and her sister when she was shot dead as tributes pour in.
Named locally as Elle Edwards, 26, her salon Nova Beauty in Moreton, Wirral said ‘we are all heartbroken…rest in paradise angel.’
Colleague Britt Hughes remembered having ‘fits of laughter’ with her friend and said they shared ‘so many amazing memories this summer.’
‘Who am I gonna be in fits of laughter with on voice notes terrorising the world?’
Friend Tyreece Hon paid tribute to her as a ‘big sister’ and expressed his heartbreak at the news on her family.
Writing on Facebook, Tyreece said: ‘My heart goes out to your family who took me in as a son love you loads. Shine bright you crazy diamond.’
Nova studio added in a statement on Instagram that they were ‘absolutely lost for words.’
‘Heaven gained the most beautiful angel… we are all heartbroken, thinking of all of your family right now Elle.
‘Thank you for all of the laughs and happiness you brought into our lives, rest in paradise angel, love from your team at Nova.’
Salon owner, beauty therapist Abi Coogan, said her ‘heart hurts’ at the awful news.
This doesn’t feel real,’ she said. ‘You have affected us all Elle, the biggest personality and the purest heart.
‘Thank you for all of the laughs you brought me when I needed it the most, my heart hurts, thinking of all of your family love you forever, rest in paradise beautiful girl.’
Emergency services scrambled to the scene at the Lighthouse Inn in Wallasey, Merseyside, on December 24.
A 26-year-old woman was taken to hospital with an injury consistent with a gunshot wound and later died.
Others were injured in the incident – with one 28-year-old man left in a critical condition.
In a press conference on Christmas Day. Merseyside Police confirmed the woman was not the intended target of the gunman.
She had simply been out ‘enjoying Christmas with her sister and friend during what should have been a peaceful time.’
Detective Superintendent Sue Coombs said: ‘Tragically the victim, a 26-year-old woman had suffered a serious gunshot injury to her head.
‘She was taken to Arrowe Park hospital but sadly passed away shortly afterwards.
‘Her family have been informed and on today, which should be a day with friends celebrating, they are coming to terms with this tragic loss.
‘It’s very early stages of the investigation but we do not believe that the victim in this case has been targeted.
‘She was out enjoying Christmas with her sister and friends at what should have been a peaceful time.
‘What her family are now going through is incomprehensible.’
A spokesman for the Lighthouse pub said the shooting was ‘a tragedy beyond any words’.
In a statement, they said: ‘All our thoughts are with the friends and family of our customers and in particular our hearts go out to the family of our customer who has lost her life.’
The Lighthouse pub said it has given CCTV footage to the police.
A spokesman also said anyone who had Christmas Day bookings was being contacted and given a refund.
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The minister of a nearby church described how the shooting came as a shock to local residents because of where the pub is located.
‘We’ve got a lot of young people, families in that area. The Lighthouse is central in that community,’ Jeffrey Hughes, minister of the United Reformed Church, said.
He said the community’s Christmas morning service was not ‘as much a celebration as it was going to be’ because of the upsetting news.
The violence ‘shows us that even though we celebrate Christmas, we’re still very far from those ideals (of peace) as a society’, he added.
Staff at the salon told they didn’t want to speak further, and would pay tribute to her in the New Year.
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