York murder victim named: 20-year-old student with ‘whole life ahead of him’

‘Had his whole life ahead of him’ – murder victim Liam Miller
29 Jul 2015 @ 4.23 pm
| Crime

Detectives have named the man who was stabbed to death in York as Liam Paul Miller, aged 20, from the village of Terrington near Malton.

He died of multiple stab wounds in hospital after being found in Hamilton Drive West, Acomb, on Monday night (July 27).

Liam, a design student at Liverpool University, had returned home for the summer. He was also a musician, playing guitar in five-piece local band Nocebo.

His family have spoken of their shock and devastation at his death, as detectives revealed they are treating the attack on the second victim as attempted murder.

This was a local man, now said to be in his 50s, who went to Liam’s assistance and was also stabbed.

Tried to flag down drivers

Detective Inspector Mark Pearson of North Yorkshire Police’s Major Crime Unit, said:

We know from our enquiries that the second victim, a local man in his fifties, was chased along Hamilton Drive West where he was stabbed close to the junction with Lady Hamilton Gardens.

We know that the man desperately tried to flag down passing motorists for assistance and we are appealing for those motorists to contact us.

They are trying to trace two vehicles: a black car and a white saloon car.

Arrested man still in hospital

Police at the scene on Hamilton Drive West, York. Photograph: YorkMix
Police at the scene on Hamilton Drive West, York. Photograph: YorkMix

Police are also keen to speak to any witnesses who were in the area at around 10pm on Monday evening.

DI Pearson added:

Liam played in a local band called Nocebo and we are seeking to identify Liam’s movements over the weekend of 25, 26 and Monday 27 July.

We are keen to speak to anyone who has been with Liam, either in person or in contact through phone or social media.

The 19-year-old man who was arrested at the scene remains in hospital where he continues to receive medical treatment.

On discharge from hospital he will be taken into police custody for questioning.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police – details below.

north-yorkshire-police-logo-25How to help the police

Call North Yorkshire Police’s Major Crime Unit on 01423 539499
Or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111

‘Absolutely devastated’

Liam’s family have spoken of the shock and disbelief at what has happened.

They issued this statement:

We are absolutely devastated by Liam’s untimely death.

We cannot put into words the shock and disbelief we feel about what has happened.

Liam was just 20 years old and had his whole life ahead of him.

He had returned home for the summer from Liverpool University where he was studying graphic design and illustration.

We will miss him more than words can say.