Pair charged with murder after man gunned down in front of family

Two men have been charged with murder after a much-loved student was shot through a window in front of his family.

Michael Rainsford, 20, was stood next to his dad in kitchen of the family home in Harrington Road, Litherland, when he was hit in the chest and back at around 11.10pm on Tuesday, April 7.

The much-loved Hugh Baird student ran from the kitchen, trying to get away from the gunman, but collapsed in the hallway.

Michael's dad, Michael Rainsford senior, and his 16-year-old brother Joshua desperately tried to help the talented skateboarder, using a towel to stop the bleeding.

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However Michael was later pronounced dead in hospital.

Today detectives announced that Michael Foy, 22, and James Foy, 18, both of Rossini Street, Seaforth, have both been charged with murder.

Merseyside Police have also charged Andrea Saunderson, 47, of Keston Crescent, Stockport, and Joyce Smith, 45 years, of Rossini Street, Seaforth, with perverting the course of justice in relation to the case.
They are all set to make a first appearance at Liverpool Magistrates' Court tomorrow (Thursday, July 16)
An 18-year-old man from Netherton arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder has been released under investigation.

Four people had already been arrested on suspicion of murder in May and were released on bail pending further investigation.

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Floral tributes and forensics officers on Harrington Road where Michael Rainsford was shot dead

A spokeswoman for Merseyside Police said enquiries are ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the force.
Detective Superintendent Richie Salter said: “An extensive investigation into the murder of Michael Rainsford is ongoing and we continue to make significant progress with a further five arrests today.
“Michael was a young man whose life was cruelly taken from him and his family are still coming to terms with his loss.

"We are still keen to speak to anyone with information about the murder, so if you can assist, please get in touch either directly to us or anonymously through Crimestoppers.”

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Speaking to the ECHO after his son's death, Mr Rainsford said: "We are devastated and heartbroken.

"He was a lovely young lad, who loved his friends and family, who loved him too.

"He wasn't a loveable rogue – he was a normal young man.

"We are only a small family and can't comprehend why such a thing has happened."

If you have information, or any CCTV or dashcam footage, you can contact Merseyside Police on Twitter @MerPolCC, or by calling 101 quoting ref. 20000205585 or @CrimestoppersUK, anonymously on 0800 555 111.