The heartbroken family of a man set on fire and killed on his own doorstep say “he didn’t deserve it.”
Forty-eight-year-old Robert Beattie was discovered with serious burns following the shocking attack at his home in Waverley in Skelmersdale.
Tragically, he died of his injuries last Thursday night.
A murder investigation is now underway, with five people from Liverpool and one from the West Lancashire town having been arrested.
Today, Mr Beattie’s niece – Anna Taft – started an online fundraising campaign in his memory to raise cash for the hospital which tried to save his life.
She wrote: “We as a family thought what we could do to keep Bobby’s memory alive and how his friends, neighbours or people who just knew his face could do to help.
“So we decided to raise money for the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) who looked after bobby, and us as a family, the Burns unit at Whiston Hospital, who performed Bobby’s operations and did everything they could.
“Thank you so very much again, for all you love and thoughts at this difficult time, we all appreciate it!”
On Facebook, she added: “On the 26th September, our brother/uncle Bobby, was attacked at home and after two weeks of fighting Bobby sadly passed away surrounded by everyone who loved him in hospital.
“We know many people in Skelmersdale will know Bobby and know how caring and how much of a happy character he was.
“Bobby was only 48 years old and was far too young and didn’t deserve any of this.
“We are raising some funds to spilt between the CCU and burns department who looked after Bobby and us as a family, and also our local drugs and alcohol rehabilitation team in honour of our brother/uncle Bobby.”
Mr Beattie was attacked at 1am when he was doused in some form of accelerant when he answered the door of his property, before being set on fire in a targeted attack.
The men arrested are aged between 22 and 35.
Anyone with information about the incident should contact police on 101 quoting log 0068 of September 26.
Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org
To support the family go to their justgiving page.