Pain gets worse for family still waiting for justice six years after murder of Leeds dad

Jackie and Martin Chadwick with their granddaughter Ruby
Jackie and Martin Chadwick with their granddaughter Ruby
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The family of a young Leeds dad whose killers remain at large six years after his murder say their pain worsens with every passing day.

Adam Chadwick, who was 20, was shot dead by masked intruders at his sister Gemma’s home on Clifton Mount in Harehills on June 24, 2008. He died two days later, leaving behind three-year-old daughter Ruby.

Despite a major police investigation, numerous public appeals and a £5,000 reward the gunmen have never been found.

Adam’s parents, Jackie and Martin, of Barncroft Rise in Seacroft, say they will never be able to remember their son the way they would want until the case is solved.

Mr Chadwick, 53, said: “It doesn’t get better, it gets worse. Whenever you hear on the news about someone being shot it brings it all back.

“Those cases get solved and we are still sitting here waiting for answers.”

Mrs Chadwick, 52, added: “We want to be able to remember Adam in a nice way, to remember the good times we had with him.

“Until we get justice we can’t do that.”

The motive for Adam’s murder remains a mystery. On the night of the shooting a woman – thought to have been acting as a decoy – appeared at Gemma’s door asking to speak to ‘Michelle’.

Despite being told there was no-one of that name at the property she returned an hour later with the same question. Three men then burst into the house and shot Adam in the head.

Det Insp Lloyd Batley, who is investigating, said: “There are people who will know who was involved. We would urge them to come forward.”

Call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Gemma was killed in 2000

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