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'Devoted' dad found dead in street covered in 'white powder'

A 'devoted' dad found was found dead in the street covered in 'white powder'. Officials believe Liam Smith, 38, was the victim of a fatal shooting and an acid attack, reports the Mirror.

The father's body was discovered last week in Wigan, with Greater Manchester Police believing he was subjected to a horrific double attack. The police say inquires into the case are ongoing after the 38-year-old was found deceased on Kilburn Drive on November 17.

Yesterday, Mr Smith's grieving family paid tribute to him, in a brief statement. It read: "Liam was kind-hearted, funny, the life and soul of the party.

"He was the most devoted dad, much-loved son, brother, grandson and uncle. He will sorely be missed by all who knew and loved him."

Greater Manchester Police's latest statement on the situation said: "At around 7pm on Thursday 24 November 2022 officers were called to reports of a deceased body on Kilburn Drive, Shevington, Wigan.

Forensic teams continue to work at the scene
Forensic teams continue to work at the scene

"Emergency services attended and sadly confirmed these reports. With the identity of the victim now being confirmed as 38-year-old Liam Smith from Kilburn Drive.

"A Home Office post-mortem has taken place and his family are being supported by specially trained officers. A scene is currently still in place at the location with no disruption to the wider area.

"Enquiries are also ongoing into what is a murder investigation following suspicious circumstances. Initial information indicates that the victim was the subject of a fatal gunshot wound and an acid attack.

"Detectives are working tirelessly to establish the exact details of this murder, which took place in unique and shocking circumstances on a quiet residential street. Following examination and tests, the hazardous substances are believed to not pose any further harm, threat or risk to the public in the surrounding area and have been contained.

"A reminder, if anyone has had direct contact with the body at the time they should still speak to officers or seek medical advice immediately."

Detective Chief Inspector Gina Brennand from GMP’s Major Incident Team, who is leading this investigation said: "This is a shocking murder of a much-loved family man. I have a team of detectives working around the clock and I urge anyone who has seen anything unusual or out of the ordinary near to the victim’s home during the day and early evening of Thursday 24 November to contact the Major Incident Room."

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