These WhatsApp texts reveal how a murdered dad desperately tried to resolve the bloody feud that would soon take his life.
George Bala Lloyd-Evans, 33, was killed by Ramal Edwards, 19, and his brother Kieran Perry, 25, in Liverpool city centre.
The dad-of-two, from Toxteth, commonly known as Bala, was out celebrating Liverpool's Champions League Final victory.
Just hours later he was slashed across the chest and knifed in the heart by Edwards, as Perry held him in a "bear hug".
This week Edwards was jailed for life with a minimum of 22 years for murder, while Perry was jailed for 11 years for manslaughter.
Prosecutors alleged the horrific killing wasn't "random" but an act of "revenge", carried out by two men "on the warpath".
Re-read the sentencing of two killer brothers as we covered it live
David McLachlan, QC, said Edwards and Perry's little brother Lee Nimbley, then 14, almost died as a result of a stabbing on April 21.
Liverpool Crown Court heard he was left fighting for his life after he was stabbed in the back in Seaport Street, Toxteth.
Police suspected Bala's brother, Gervais Anderson, aka G or GG, and a friend, Rashan Hamilton, nicknamed R1, were involved.
The two killers said they went to Lodge Lane that afternoon, after Lee called to say he had been threatened by the pair.
Edwards told the jury he and Perry drove over to Lodge Lane that afternoon, where "we ended up getting in a fight".
The brothers said Hamilton pulled a knife during a "scuffle" so they fled and drove off, then went to Lee's dad's house.
Both said they didn't see their little brother being stabbed later that day, but believed "Gervais and R1" were responsible.
WhatsApp messages shown in court revealed how, in the aftermath of the attack on Lee, Bala attempted to act as a peacemaker in the dispute that ultimately claimed his life.
His efforts to restore calm were most evident in a message sent to his mum and which appeared to be a draft apology for his younger brother to send to the boy's family.
On the day of Lee's stabbing, Sunday, April 21, friends of Bala asked in a WhatsApp group what had happened.
Bala replied saying the "little bro" of his friend Malik Thomas - Edwards and Perry's cousin - had been stabbed.
He said: "Arguing with G then went and got Kieran and Remelle[sp] they jumped out tried to put it on G so they had a little scrap G and R1 [name redacted] and them two then one thing lead to another they seen each other again knives got drawn and the young one ended up getting stabbed madness lah god knows what happened on Lodgey though."
The following day, Bala and Malik Thomas exchanged four phone calls, before Bala sent this WhatsApp message to his mum Pauline Lloyd-Evans, which prosecutors said was a message for her to send on.
"Whats append bro it's G, I just wanted to give you a text and apologise about what happened to your little bro and I'm glad he's ok.
"I wanted to bell you yesterday straight after it happened but i know your head would of been all over the place so i left it until today.
"I don't know how things went so far from me just saying to your little bro… 'don't be going on with yourself and acting bad if you see me tonight in the rave I'm a big man to you' to him phoning you telling a different story to cause trouble to this it's all madness bro.
"I shouldn't of even said anything to him that was my mistake, even after the little fight I thought it was squashed you know i would never pull a knife out in a fight with you and your little bro I've called you personally a few times to tell him to calm down he's a little kid to me and I would never try and bully him or bad him up.
"We have never had any trouble you're [name redacted]'s boy and Malik is [name redacted] and my brothers mate since day, my man just whipped out the blade to back me not knowing how close everyone is.
"Tell your little bro I'm sorry this happened to him and I'm glad he's ok i will give him a quid even though it wasn't me just to say sorry for everything that has happened, even though I know that doesn't make up for what's happened I just can't believe things have gone this far over nothing and just want to apologise to your bro and you personally."
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Bala followed up by instructing his mum: "Tell G or even you to add and take away whatever that is just a guideline of what he needs to say."
The following day he again messaged his mum, saying: "what you up to? did he send him a message? He needs to get [name redacted] to try talk to him as well once he has done that then i will get on Malik and see if they want to meet up and sort it. But he needs to do them two things first."
He added: "Because that just eases the tension if they do see each other."
Further messages showed Bala attempted to set up a meeting between the two rival groups, before the feud got any further out of control, via Malik Thomas, with the help of a friend who cannot be named for legal reasons, Friend A.
On Sunday, April 28, he told Friend A: "He [Malik Thomas] said he will speak to them later or tomorrow and try and sort a meet with them, so lets see what he says."
Friend A replied: "Yh that's the best option because it's just gunna keep goin back n forth Remal n Keiran need to decide wa there doin really not Mallick so that's who needs to be spoken t ini”"
Bala said: "Yeah 100% thats what I said to him I said we just need to know whats happening either way. But it needs sorting because once it escalates too much there is no going back for any of us."
At the end of the conversation, Friend A said: "Yhh Ino I recon it will get sorted tho... In time."
Bala replied: "Hopefully bro otherwise it will be bad for everyone."
In a further message on May 1, Bala again messaged Friend A, saying he hoped it would be "nipped in the bid", adding "because everyone's just too close kid, you know what I mean?"
He said: "Man don't want be, listen you all young, so am I. Man don't want to be having to look over the shoulder. Everyone lives in the area, man don't want to be walking out, worrying about man coming and trying to do something to them and all that, you know what I mean?
"That's, you can't live your life like that kid, forever looking over your shoulder."
From subsequent messages, it appeared the meeting between the two sides of the dispute never materialised, but Bala received an assurance the situation was now "alright".
And when the Liverpool fan headed out on June 1, to watch his beloved Reds lift the European Cup for the sixth time, it appeared violence was the last thing on his mind.
Bala messaged his group of friends to celebrate the historic win, saying: "What a time to be alive boys, serious what a time."
Just hours later he was stabbed to death on a city centre pavement.