Today** **marks the ninth anniversary of the murder of 22-year-old Craig Eaton, a care assistant who worked at Alder Hey Childrens' Hospital in Liverpool.
Craig was fatally shot as he walked along Molyneux Road, Kensington, at about 11.15pm on Tuesday, 24 February, 2004. Craig was on his way to a friend's house, and was on Molyneux Road near to the junction with Mallow Road, Kensington, when he was shot twice. Local people tried to give him first aid and called the emergency services, but he was pronounced dead on arrival at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.
DCI Neil Clark, said "Craig should have been celebrating his 31st birthday last December and his family are still waiting for justice to be done.
"It has been nine years since Craig had his life tragically cut short, and still the family have not had any closure, and they are still finding it difficult to come to terms with their loss.
"We believe Craig may have been shot in a case of mistaken identity. He was a young man who was in the prime of his life and he had no link to any criminal groups. Family and friends have told us that Craig was passionate about his job caring for children at Alder Hey.”
He added: "I would like to reassure the family and the general public that we are still as determined as ever to catch the person responsible for this cold blooded murder. We believe the suspect is part of the criminal world and there are people out there who know who did this. I would urge those people to search their consciences and come forward so we can bring the family the justice they deserve.”
A reward of £10,000 is still being offered to members of the public who come forward with information about Craig 's murder. The reward is being offered by independent charity Crimestoppers and is available to anyone who gives information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which leads to the arrest, charge and conviction of anyone linked to the death of Craig Eaton.