The shattered family of David Wilson have revealed their heartache at scattering his ashes on the day they should have been celebrating his 50th birthday.
David’s daughter Tara and his brother Ian spoke at a press conference as new evidence was released in a bid to help catch those responsible.
David, a former police special constable, should have enjoyed his 50th birthday on May 27, but instead his loved ones were scattering his ashes at Eppleton Cricket Club, in Hetton, where he used to play.
He would also by now have been a great uncle to add to his two grandchildren.
“These last few months have been hard for everyone in the family,” said Tara, 26, who spoke to her dad on the phone just days before he was found dead. “My dad had never been in bother and was a genuinely nice lad. He didn’t talk about his feelings often but he loved his family very much. He always came back to us.”
Renewing the family’s pleas for information, Tara added: “We want to remind people that this is still going on.
“There is someone out there who has done this disgusting thing to another person and we are now laying flowers for him.” Ian, 47, said: “David would never hurt anyone, he would rather help than hurt.
“He was well-liked in Hetton and when he moved away to Sunderland he was well-liked there too. Just think of the situation we have been put in these last few months.
“If there is anything you know of any significance, no matter how little, please pass it on to the police.
“We are confident in the police that they will get this person.
“They know what they are doing and we are giving them as much help as we can.”
Ian added: “In years to come, Tara’s kids are going to be asking questions about their granddad when they should be with him.”