The sister of a young dad murdered while visiting her Leeds home seven years ago hopes a major social media push will finally bring the killer to justice.
Adam Chadwick, 20, was shot dead at Gemma Chadwick’s property in Clifton Mount, Harehills, on June 24, 2008.
The reason for the attack remains unknown and police inquiries have hit a dead end.
Now Miss Chadwick, 30, is hoping a Facebook campaign will help crack the case. The number of members of a group she started, called Help Catch Adam Chadwick’s Killers, has more than trebled within a week to over 10,000.
She said: “I’m hoping that we reach the one person who might have that crucial piece of information.
“We have to keep going. You do think sometimes are they ever going to get them. Yes, we have got thousands of people now on our Facebook group, but we still haven’t got the killers.”
I am hoping this year is the year we get justice.Gemma Chadwick
The incident began when a mystery woman appeared at Gemma Chadwick’s house on the night of the shooting asking for a woman called Michelle.
When she returned at about 10.40pm that night asking the same question she was accompanied by three black men wearing masks and camouflage clothing.
They attempted to burst into the house and,during the ensuing struggle, one fired the shot that hit Adam.
Miss Chadwick, who now lives in Seacroft, was upstairs when the fatal shot was fired.
She said: “It still isn’t real. Hearing the gun wasn’t real. I expected to go down and find that it was a pellet gun and the dog had been shot or something.
“It’s still unbelievable and the not knowing is the worst thing.
“It’s mind-boggling. You ask yourself all sorts of questions but there was no reason for them to be there that night. It makes no sense.
“The difficulty for the police is that they often start with the motive and work from there. In this case the motive is missing.”
Based on descriptions given by Gemma and others police issued an e-fit of the woman who had called at her house, and who was known to have visited a number of other properties on Clifton Mount asking the same question.
A stolen Ford Focus C-Max, believed to have been used by the killers, was found abandoned near Reginald Street in Chapeltown.
The following year six people were arrested as part of the investigation. A further arrest followed in 2011. However, despite extensive police enquiries and appeals, including a reconstruction on BBC’s Crimewatch, detectives have yet to make the breakthrough.
Adam’s family – mum and dad Jackie and Martin and his daughter Ruby, now aged nine – are still no closer to finding the answers they crave.
Miss Chadwick said: “This year in June it will be seven years. Seven was a significant number to my brother – he loved and played football and always, where possible, played as number seven. I suppose you could say it was his lucky number. I am hoping this is so and this year is the year we get justice.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.