Ellen, a mum whose daughters were in the same pub as Elle Edwards on the night she was shot, is “counting her blessings”. The mum told the Liverpool Echo one of her daughters arrived home at 11.30pm that night – just 20 minutes before the shooting took place at the Lighthouse pub. She “dreads to think what would have happened” if she had not sent her daughters a nine-word text asking what time they were returning home.
Elle Edwards was shot in the head during a Christmas Eve night out in the Lighthouse pub, in Wallasey Village.
The 26-year-old beautician, who had been out with her sister and friends at the time, was not believed to have been the intended target of the shooting.
Ellen, the 58-year-old mum, told the Liverpool Echo: “I wouldn’t normally chase my daughters.
“It was only because it was Christmas and you know if you get home and you’ve had too much to drink Christmas day is a write-off.”
She continued: “I messaged and said ‘What time are you coming home? Big day tomorrow.’
“I dread to think what would have happened if I hadn’t.”
Ellen lived close enough to the pub to hear the gunshots ring out, saying: “I’m fortunate I’ve got my girls home – that poor family.
“I heard the gunshots but I didn’t know they were gunshots. It made me look at the time – it was ten to 12.
“I thought it was fireworks and then I heard all the sirens and thought something had gone on.
“It’s one of those things you don’t expect to happen in this area – we don’t have big problems.
“It’s just so sad to be honest.”
Three people have been arrested in connection with Elle Edwards’ murder.
A man, 30, of Tranmere, held on suspicion of murder and attempted murder was released from custody and recalled to prison, according to Merseyside Police.
A woman, 19, suspected of conspiracy to murder has been released on bail.
A third suspect, a 31-year-old man, remains in custody after being arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.
Four men were also injured in the shooting – one sustained critical injuries.
Elle’s family paid a heartfelt tribute to her today in a statement released by Merseyside Police, which 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 she walked in .
“Her laugh was infectious, anyone who was around her had a good time, she loved life and had so many amazing plans for the future. 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.”