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27-year-old shot dead in Liverpool 'had a heart of gold'

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An emotional tribute has been paid to a man who was shot dead in Liverpool at the weekend.

Carl Russell, 27, was gunned down in Belle Vale, as he and his partner got out of a car on Sunday morning.

The gunman was believed to have been dressed in black with a high-vis orange jacket, and made off on the pedal bike in the direction of Madeira Drive.

"As a family we are devastated to lose our beloved son Carl and can't begin to explain the void that's been left in our lives.

"Carl was an amazing son, brother, uncle, nephew and boyfriend who idolised his true love Lakyn.

"Carl was a mummy's boy who loved his pops.

"He would do anything for anyone and had a heart of gold.

"His family and Lakyn were his world.

"Carl was no angel - he was our lovable rogue.

"At this difficult time we would appreciate the time to grieve and comprehend the loss of Carl in this cold-blooded murder."

– Family statement
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Detectives investigating the murder have bailed two men arrested in connection with the offence.

A 33-year-old man from Belle Vale and a 29-year-old man from Belle Vale have been released on conditional bail pending further enquiries.

A Home Office Post Mortem has confirmed that Carl died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Officers say an extensive and thorough investigation is being carried out by the force’s Major Crime Unit. They want to hear from anyone with information.