A deeply traumatised five-year-old boy wakes up in tears every night asking for his murdered father. 

Innocent Liverpool fan Bala Lloyd-Evans , 33, was stabbed to death while celebrating Liverpool's Champions League victory on June 1.

Now his two children, aged 10 months old and five years will have to grow up without their dad.

The baby is too young to understand what happened but his devastated family told how the five-year-old is deeply traumatised.

He regularly woke up in tears in the night asking for his murdered father and now refuses to leave his mother's side.

Bala Lloyd-Evans, aka Bala O'Rourke, who died after being stabbed in Liverpool city centre

Bala died after being knifed in the heart by Ramal Edwards, 19, as his accomplice and older brother Kieran Perry, 25, held him in a "bear hug".

The pair were jailed for a total of at least 33 years.

Bala's grieving dad and long-term girlfriend explained how the senseless murder has torn their family apart.

Father George Lloyd-Evans, 64, an auditor from Aigburth, said: "Bala's five-year-old son is struggling because they were extremely close.

George Lloyd-Evans, the dad of tragic Bala, 33, knifed to death in Liverpool city centre

"Bala was a proper father.

"They played games together, he could strike a golf club at the age of three...he liked football, he took them everywhere...holidays, they had a fantastic life.

"He was told what happened, it has had a real effect on him, he gets anxiety and he doesn't want to stay away from his mother, you can tell, he's completely different.

"I could not tell him, I left that to his mother."

Amy Szeto, Bala's girlfriend of 12 years, said in an emotional Victim Impact Statement, read out at Liverpool Crown Court: "My babies will never see or speak to their daddy again.

Kieran Perry who was jailed for the manslaughter of Bala-Lloyd Evans
Kieran Perry who was jailed for the manslaughter of Bala-Lloyd Evans

"My youngest, who was nine-weeks-old, will never remember his daddy, he will only see his face in photographs and both of them will grow up without him.

"Bala idolised his boys and his life with them has been cut so devastatingly short overnight.

"My oldest boy is five-years-old, he has lost his best friend, his partner in golf and football.

"His daddy will never stand on the sidelines to watch him play football or be at the significant events in his life.

"He awoke every night crying for the first few weeks, asking for his daddy.

"It breaks my heart to see the pain this has caused him.

Ramal Edwards was jailed for life for murdering dad-of-two Bala Lloyd-Evans
Ramal Edwards was jailed for life for murdering dad-of-two Bala Lloyd-Evans

"He suffers anxiety now and finds it hard to settle in school as he doesn't want to be separated from me.

"He cries if I go out and he needs constant reassurance that I won't be long and I am coming back.

"He was never like this before his daddy was taken from us.

"I am unsure what the future holds, I don’t even know if I can return to work, as I feel guilty about leaving the boys.

"I am completely heartbroken, for the man I've lost, for the daddy my children have lost."

Mr Lloyd-Evans also described killers Edwards and Perry as "despicable" and said he would never be able to forgive them.

Police incident in Back Colquitt Street, Liverpool.

But he added he "wished them no harm."

The victim, his friends, and the killer brothers, had been out celebrating Liverpool FC's Champions Leage win against Tottenham on Ink Bar on Fleet Street.

After an initial altercation, Perry and Edwards both pushed Mr Lloyd-Evans, which they denied, but he just walked away.

The two groups went in opposite directions, but minutes later met up again, at the junction of Back Colquitt Street and Seel Street.

Mr Lloyd-Evans "stood his ground" and "clearly anticipated the trouble" as he took his watch off, then punched Edwards.

Perry grabbed Mr Lloyd-Evans in a "side-on bear hug" as Edwards slashed his chest, then plunged the blade into his heart.

Police incident in Back Colquitt Street, Liverpool. Photograph Geoff Davies

The victim suffered "catastrophic bleeding" and died in hospital.

The brothers fled but police in a passing patrol car chased after them and an officer saw Edwards ditch the knife in Cornwallis Street.

Granddad George added: "You will never get over something like this, for me it's a life sentence, a void has been caused, it's too wide, for anything to fill it, but one way we'll have to cope.

"We'll have to find a way, a new normal life.

"We cannot let those two people destroy our lives completely...I've got two granddkids to look after.

"We want to make sure we bring them up properly."

The knife used to murder Bala Lloyd-Evans

Mr Lloyd-Evans, who was divorced from Bala's mum 20 years ago, described the sentencing as "bittersweet as nothing is going to change for us, we will still have no Bala back.

"They [Edwards and Perry] deserved what they got."

Mr Lloyd Evans, who chose not to attend the long-running trial, did go to today's sentencing, and he said: "I found it very, very difficult.

"I didn't realise how much tension I was in....after the verdict I was paralysed, i couldn't move, I was completely drained.

"I was hoping for this verdict, it doesn't make me feel better."

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Baker, of Merseyside Police said: "As a result of the actions of Perry and Edwards, two children will now grow up without a father and a family are continuing to mourn their loss.

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"Nothing will bring Mr Lloyd Evans back to his family, but hopefully the sentencing today will give them some sense of justice.

"A murder such as this has a huge impact on so many lives and it is tragic that some people feel that they are justified in carrying and using knives."