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Dozens pay respects to gun victim

Adam Chadwick funeral
Police believe the killing was a case of mistaken identity

Dozens of friends and family have paid their respects at the funeral of a 20-year-old father who was shot dead in a case of mistaken identity.

Adam Chadwick was gunned down at his sister Gemma's house on Clifton Mount, Harehills, Leeds, when three masked men and a woman burst in on 24 June.

The 20-year-old died in hospital two days later from a single bullet wound to the head.

A close friend told mourners that Mr Chadwick "lived his life wonderfully."

The mourners had gathered at the Venerable Bede Church, in Stanningley, Leeds, for the funeral.

During the service a number of moving eulogies were read.

We have lost one of the few happy people of the world, and we don't know why
Mr Chadwick's father, Martin

Friend Richard Garbutt said he was proud to have known Mr Chadwick, who was referred to by his circle of friends as Chad.

"Chad's death was sudden. I remember when I heard the news I simply could not believe it. Chad was too young but as it slowly sunk in I have realised that Chad lived his life wonderfully," he said.

"He was the kind of person that would make everyone laugh so hard that they end up crying.

"Just like the time he turned up on his first lads' holiday with a towel covered in swimming badges that he won when we was five and thought nothing of it. "

Uncle David Robinson referred to his nephew's loving relationship with his three-year-old daughter, Ruby.

"He showed what an outstanding young man he'd become by the devotion he had for his daughter Ruby, who took first place in everything he did," he said.

A keen footballer, Mr Chadwick was also remembered by Armley Juniors Football Club, the team he played for when he was younger.

Commenting on the tributes, Mr Chadwick's father Martin said it made him realise what a "happy, carefree person" his son was.

"The pain my family is going through at this time should not have to be endured by anybody, for any reason. We have lost one of the few happy people of the world, and we don't know why," he added.

West Yorkshire Police have renewed their appeal for anyone with information about the woman and three men or a stolen blue Ford Focus C-Max car, believed to have been involved in the shooting, to come forward.

Det Supt Steve Payne, who is leading the murder inquiry, said: "Inquiries to date lead me to believe this incident was a case of mistaken identity."


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