Owner of bar where Ellis Cox would go after work said he was 'in the wrong place at the wrong time'

Police on Grace Road in Walton, where a cordon was in place last week connected to the murder of Ellis Cox
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Ellis Cox's loved ones are planning to gather this month for a walk in memory of the murdered teenager.

Ellis, 19, was fatally shot on the Liver Industrial Estate in Aintree on the evening of Sunday, June 23. After being treated by paramedics at the scene, he was taken to hospital, where he died of his injuries.

Yesterday, his heartbroken family said in a GoFundMe tribute that it was "hard to put into words what a loss this has been for our family".

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The owner of the L9 Lounge Sports Bar on Moss Lane, which Ellis used to frequent with his family, has called on people to join him on a walk in memory of Ellis later this month. Participants are being asked to gather at Southport Railway Station on July 20 to walk the 15 mile route to the L9 Lounge.

On the day he died, Ellis reportedly took the train from Aintree towards Southport with his friends. He then went to Ormskirk before riding home through the Liver Industrial Estate with the same group of friends. It was on this last leg of the journey that he was killed.

Posting on Facebook, the owner of the L9 Lounge said: "On the 20th July a group of us will be walking from Southport train station to L9 Lounge. ANYBODY IS WELCOME TO JOIN US just drop me a message for details on this walk.

"A small group will be walking over the three days Thursday, Friday as well as the Saturday to raise as much as we can. And it would be massively appreciated if you can donate what you can to help the family in this heartbreaking time that they are going through."

He later added: "Not the easiest post to make and such a young lad taken so early for literally being in the wrong place at the wrong time and the outcome ended with him losing his life, no parent or family should be going through this. ANYBODY can join us for this walk £20 donated on the day will help this family at this sad time."

A few days ago, the owner posted a message paying tribute to Ellis and his family. He said: "A few sad days for L9 Lounge towards this young lad, was always nice and polite. Such a lovely hard working kid that come in with his family after work sit and just drink soft drinks just to be with them all and have a good laugh. So sad to even be writing this and all our thoughts are with his family and some close friends of mine."

Ellis Cox, 19, was said to be a "lovely, hardworking lad"
Ellis Cox, 19, was said to be a "lovely, hardworking lad" -Credit:Handout

According to Merseyside Police, Ellis spoke with his mum just minutes before he died. At a police press conference held last week, Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Baker, who is leading the murder investigation, said: "The family are absolutely devastated, as you would expect, they need answers quickly and want justice. Ellis was only 19 years old. He was on his way home when he was shot. We know this because he called and said 'mum, I'm on my way home."

He added: "Ellis was close to his family. We know his mum and dad are absolutely devastated by his murder, as are other family and friends in the area."

Neighbours approached by the ECHO offered nothing but praise for Ellis. One neighbour, who asked not to be named, said he was a "lovely lad, a really good kid". She later added: "He was dead polite and friendly - always said hello and smiled. And he was hardworking. You'd see him going out to work early every morning."

A mum who knows Ellis's family personally said: "I just couldn't believe when I heard. None of the family has ever been in trouble. They're not like that. Everybody round here is devastated by what happened. They're a lovely family with really well brought up kids."

On Thursday, floral tributes to the teenager were laid near to where he was shot. Several bouquets of flowers were spotted tied to a blue railing on the Liver Industrial Estate near Taskers. A card was attached to the flowers with the words, 'there's a brand new star in heaven' written on it.

Police are appealing for information to assist with their investigation. DCS Baker said at last week's press conference: "We know Ellis borrowed a bike to go to Southport. We believe that was his intention. We believe he got a train from Aintree train station, travelling towards Southport with friends.

"He then went to Ormskirk before riding home with the same group of friends, a group of four or five males, along an unnamed road near Taskers on the Liver estate near the Loop Line which would have taken him home. It's at that point he has been approached and shot."

Police are appealing for information from the friends who were with Ellis that night and might have information which could help the investigation. DCS Baker added: “It’s really important that Ellis’ friends who he was with come forward and assist us…they will be distressed and fearful and we will do everything we can to support them.”

Police said they are keeping an "open mind" on all lines of enquiry.

To donate to the GoFundMe page and help the family please click here.

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