Anniversary appeal to find killer of man shot dead in King’s Cross
PUBLISHED: 09:25 27 September 2011 | UPDATED: 11:24 27 September 2011
Father-of-two was gunned down on nightclub dancefloor
Five years ago, a 22-year-old was on the dance floor of a packed nightclub when his killer struck.
Daniel Ross, from Kilburn, was shot dead in front of hundreds of people in Scala nightclub in King’s Cross - yet the person who pulled the trigger is still walking the streets.
As the fifth anniversary of his death on September 24 looms, his heartbroken mother Jean Ross is pining her hopes on time being the master to bring her son’s killer to justice.
She said: “Five years is a long time in some people’s lives but not in mine. Time has stood still since Daniel was murdered.
“People have moved on with their lives, had children, forgotten about what happened that night.
“Those are the same people who fled the dance floor when the shots ran out.
“Those are the same people who saw the face of my son’s killer but remain silent.
“Those are the same people who need to be reminded that my son is dead. He is a father, a brother, a cousin, a friend.”
Detectives from Operation Trident, the Met’s specialist team that investigates gun crime, have hit a wall of silence about Daniel’s murder despite a television appeal on BBC’s Crimewatch and the offer of a £20,000 reward.
In a further twist to Mrs Ross’s pain, she has had to come to terms with the fact that Daniel’s so called friends left him dying in the arms of a stranger after fleeing the scene when he was shot.
She said: “A stranger stepped forward to help my son because his friends were the first ones to run.
“I am so grateful to that person as it meant to the world to me to know he was not alone.
“It’s now five years.
“Someone knows out there who killed Daniel. It’s time to break the silence by shielding his killer you are condoning his actions.
DCI John Crossley is leading the murder hunt. He told the Times: “It has been five years on and Daniel’s family have still not had any justice. “This long on people’s situations change and I need the people present that night to come forward and tell me what happened.”
Anyone with information should call the incident room on 020 8733 4704 or 4648 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.