WATCH: Elle Edwards’ family pay tribute to ‘most beautiful and bright star’

Elle Edwards was shot while out with friends on Christmas Eve and died later in hospital

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Elle Edwards’ family have released a statement paying tribute to the 26-year-old who was shot on Christmas Eve and later died in hospital.

Two people arrested in connection with the shooting were released earlier from the custody of detectives investigating her murder.

The beautician was out with friends celebrating at the Lighthouse pub in Wallasey Village.

In a statement released by Merseyside Police, they said: “There was no one as beautiful as our Elle May, her looks, her laugh and the way she would light up a room as soon as she walked in.

“She had this way about her that as soon as you met her you just instantly fell in love with her, everyone that met Elle knew how special she was.

“Her laugh was infectious, anyone who was around her had a good time, she loved her life and had so many amazing plans for the future.

Yesterday Merseyside Police released footage of a suspect's arrest as part of their ongoing investigation.
Yesterday Merseyside Police released footage of a suspect's arrest as part of their ongoing investigation.

“She was only just getting started. Christmas and our family will never be the same again without her. She was the glue that held this big family together.

“We will love and miss her forever. Our Elle May, the most beautiful and bright star out there, forever and always.

“My beautiful Elle Marlene is the love of my life and she is my world, my best friend.

“She will always shine and be beautiful and bright, my Elle has never gone.”

People have been urged to “do the right thing and speak up” if they have information, with police and local councillors warning that people should not “stay quiet” or “sit in silence” if they have useful knowledge about the murder.