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Scala shooting victim’s mum pleads: Break decade of silence and bring my son’s killer to justice

PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 September 2016

Daniel Ross died in September 2006 after a shooting at Scala (Picture: Met Police)

Daniel Ross died in September 2006 after a shooting at Scala (Picture: Met Police)

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The grieving mother of a young man shot dead in a King’s Cross nightclub is today pleading for the community to name her son’s killer after a decade of silence.

Jean Ross has been waiting 10 years for justice (Picture: Met Police)Jean Ross has been waiting 10 years for justice (Picture: Met Police)

Jean Ross has spent 10 years mourning 22-year-old father-of-two Daniel Ross, who was shot dead in the middle of the Scala nightclub in Pentonville Road on September 24, 2006.

Witnesses said the killer swaggered on to the dance floor and pulled the trigger before evading capture by blending in with the 1,000 clubbers who fled the packed venue at 3.45am. Despite the murder being carried out in front of hundreds of people the gunman is still a free man.

Mrs Ross, who lives in Brent, told the Gazette: “Daniel’s killer has been walking the streets a free man for 10 years because the community is protecting him.

“It’s time for the wall of silence to be broken down and for my family to get justice for Daniel.”

"Daniel’s killer has been walking the streets a free man for 10 years. It’s time for the wall of silence to be broken down and for my family to get justice"

Jean King

Police are offering a £20,000 reward for the capture of the young father’s killer and have made a television appeal on the BBC’s Crimewatch programme – but to no avail.

In 2012, Mrs Ross even published an appeal in Inside Time, a national newspaper for prisoners, but detectives are still no closer to find Mr Ross’s killer.

“People know something,” Mrs Ross said.

“It has been an enormous struggle and it’s daunting to know the killer is still out there walking the streets.

Daniel Ross as a schoolboy (Picture: Met Police)Daniel Ross as a schoolboy (Picture: Met Police)

“Daniel left behind two young children who have had to grow up without their father.

“The last 10 years has been the most painful and difficult years of my entire life and the lives of Daniel’s family.

“Not only did we lose Daniel but knowing that he was a victim of a violent crime has threatened our sense of safety in our community.

“If you know something, you don’t have to give your name – you can call Crimestoppers anonymously. No one will know it was you.

Daniel as a boy with his father Ivan (Picture: Met Police)Daniel as a boy with his father Ivan (Picture: Met Police)

“Your evidence could be the catalyst to the arrest and conviction of the coward who cut short Daniel’s life.”

If you have information, please call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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