The murder of a 21-year-old shot outside his home as he got Christmas presents out of his car remains unsolved.

Jamie Starkey was shot dead on Higher Lane in Fazakerley on the night of December 2 2012.

The gunman approached Jamie, opened fire and then ran off toward nearby playing fields.

A post-mortem examination established Jamie died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds.

Since the murder a total of five men have been arrested and questioned as part of the investigation, but no-one has been charged.

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The courts have heard that in the past Jamie was involved in a feud with a notorious Liverpool criminal.

And in the early hours of New Year's Day 2008 Jamie shot the criminal outside the Salisbury Arms pub on Anfield’s Pulford Street.

Jamie, who was 16 at the time of the shooting, was jailed for seven years - which he served in a youth offenders institute.

Previously dad Richard Starkey told the ECHO that the death of his son 'ripped his whole family apart'.

In an emotional interview, in 2018, the dad said he cradled his son as he lay dying outside their home.

The dad-of-five said: "He loved the bones of his little sister and she kept asking him 'when are we putting up the Christmas tree?'

"He had been out earlier in the day with his mate shopping for Christmas presents and they were in his car outside.

"His mum was cooking him and his mate tea and he said to her 'we will put it up tomorrow when you get home from school'.

"He gave her a little kiss and a hug as he did and then went outside to his car to get the presents he had bought.

"Within seconds after that, he had been shot dead."

The family have previously said that despite their son's feud they believe there is another "viable suspect” not linked with the gang, who killed their son.

Now, police have renewed their appeal for information on the eighth anniversary of the fatal shooting.

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Detective Superintendent Richie Salter said: "It has now been eight years since Jamie was murdered, and while his loved ones will have had to endure the grief of losing him throughout that time, I am sure the anniversary will be particularly difficult.

“Jamie’s family are trying to face up to yet another Christmas without their son and brother, and we continue to appeal for information so that we can help them gain some degree of closure from seeing justice served.

“I want to take this opportunity to ask the community once again for their help with the investigation.

“We are determined to find the person, or people, responsible for this. Someone out there will know who did this - it's not too late to search your conscience and come forward now.

"We have found in some cases that the passing of time allows people to find the courage to come forward to tell us what they know.

"Eight years on, people may have moved from the area and may themselves be in a different situation, with different loyalties, and now feel in a position to talk to the police or Crimestoppers.

“If this is you, I would urge you to come forward. You could provide vital answers that could ease the suffering of Jamie’s family.

"We will ensure that any new evidence or information is closely investigated by officers and I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward.

“Crucially, you may even have heard people talking about who is responsible in the years since.

“Whatever information you have on what happened or who was involved, we want to hear from you. You can speak to us direct on 101, by messaging us on twitter @MerPolCC or you can leave information anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”