Family tribute to Lilia Valutyte: We had four corners and now one is gone

The mother of a 9-year-old alleged murder victim paid tribute to her daughter, saying: “We had four corners and now one corner is gone.”

In a statement through Lincolnshire Police, Lina, the mother of schoolgirl Lilia Valutyte, announced plans to create a statue of her daughter as a “way for her to remain there”.

Lilia, a former student at Boston Pioneer Academy and Carlton Road Academy, was confirmed dead at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston following an incident in town in July.

Deividas Skebas was taken into custody at Lincoln Crown Court on August 1, charged with murder.

Lilia’s family paid their respects to their daughter on Friday (Lincolnshire Police/PA)

Lilia’s stepfather, Aurelijus, also paid tribute to her on Friday, saying: “She’s cheeky; quiet in one way and another she is not.

“She’s always trying to create fun.”

Continuing the family’s gratitude, Lina said: “It’s hard to know what to say.

“She was just a normal kid, one day she was happy and another day she wasn’t, one day she wanted pancakes and another day she wasn’t – normal things.

Deividas Skebas accused of murdering Lilia (Joe Giddens/PA) (PA wire)

“She loves to dance, travel and try new things, and annoy her little sister.

“She wants to go to Italy, so we will probably go anyway next year.”

Lina added: “There is so much we could talk about, but we won’t talk much about who she is and share those stories from our home; they are ours and we want to keep them for us.

“You find yourself looking for her everywhere.

A forensic officer near the scene in Boston (Joe Giddens/PA) (PA wire)

“We had four corners and now one is gone.”

An inquest that opened at Lincoln Coroner Court on August 4 said the provisional cause of death for Lilia was a stab wound to the chest.

The coroner adjourned the interrogation until the end of criminal proceedings.

Skebas, of Thorold Street, Boston, will next appear at Lincoln Crown Court for a guilty plea on September 19.

Lilia’s family plan to create a statue in her memory (Lincolnshire Police/PA)

The 22-year-old has yet to plead guilty to murder.

Lilia was found with a stab wound in Fountain Lane, Boston, around 6:20 p.m. on July 28.

Announcing plans to build a memorial in the town, near the street where Lilia died, Lina said: “Lilia was raised on that street, every week she went down there to play, and it happened. next to the window.

“The memorial is a way for her to remain there, and we are currently raising funds to have it.”

Police said the statue will take the form of an angel with Lilia’s face, or it will take on her full appearance.

The Force said anyone wanting to donate should go through the Just Giving page set up by a family friend.

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