Family remembers murdered Leeds dad Adam Chadwick with memorial football tournament

Adam Chadwick, who was killed in Harehills in 2008.
Adam Chadwick, who was killed in Harehills in 2008.

A football tournament has been held in memory of a young Leeds father whose murder remains unsolved.

Adam Chadwick, a 20-year-old carpet fitter from Seacroft, was shot on June 24, 2008.

I just hope that one day I can concentrate on the tournament and not be talking about catching his killers. That’s my dream.

Martin Chadwick, Adam’s dad

But it is on the anniversary of his death – June 26 – that his loved ones host a tournament for young players in the city.

Since setting up The Adam Chadwick Fund for Sport in his name, the family has held eight tournaments in west Leeds.

Adam’s dad, Martin, said: “We’re not religious. We’re not the type to go to church and say a prayer. This is our way of remembering him.

“In the eight years we’ve been running it, it’s always been really good. Everyone has mucked in – all the family and friends.

“It’s a nice way to remember Adam. I’m sure he would have loved to see his name up on that banner.”

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This year’s tournament took place yesterday afternoon at Whingate Primary School, with Lower Wortley Primary’s team crowned the winners.

Martin, 56, told the YEP: “It’s gone absolutely brilliantly. The players always learn a lot from it and they all shook hands after the games.

“The winners were really chuffed. They got a trophy to take home but I think they were more excited about the sweets inside it.”

The fund has raised as much as £10,000 since it was set up to encourage young people to get involved in sporting activities.

Some of the money raised went towards football kits for children playing in a Leeds East Primary Partnership Trust football tournament earlier this month, and it is hoped more kits will be in the future.

“For the 10th anniversary next year, we’re hoping to make a bigger tournament,” Martin said. “I just hope that one day I can concentrate on the tournament and not be talking about catching his killers. That’s my dream.”

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Adam, whose daughter had just turned three, was visiting his sister in Harehills on the night that he was shot.

A woman asking for ‘Michelle’ had knocked on a number of doors in the area, including the home of Adam’s sister in Clifton Mount.

When the same woman returned later on with three men, a disturbance began and Adam was shot by one of the group.

He was taken to Leeds General Infirmary, where he died two days later.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team via 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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