THE heartbroken mum of a Sheffield man gunned down in a drive-by shooting is urging the police to renew their efforts to find his killer.
James Kamara, 22, of Pitsmoor, died in a hail of bullets on Brunswick Street, Broomhall, in July 2009 – but his killer is still walking free.
Police believe James, a dad-of-two, was shot as part of an inner-city gang war. A murder trial last year collapsed and the defendants were acquitted.
Today James’ mum Yenaba Kamara called for a new team of detectives to take on the case and start again.
The 39-year-old, from Woodhouse, said she wants the murder probe independently reviewed, and all the paperwork handed over to be looked at with “fresh sets of eyes”.
“I know nothing will bring James back but I want justice,” she said. “There are people out there who know who killed James but are shielding them. They should be ashamed.
“I want the police investigation reviewed, and I want new detectives to take the case on – they might find something that wasn’t picked up the first time.”
Mrs Kamara, who has four daughters, said James’ death had ripped her family apart and her marriage has collapsed.
She said: “I can’t settle – there is a big part of my life missing. Since the trial I have had no contact from the investigating team to let me know what they are doing, what progress they are making, whether there are new leads – I feel abandoned.”
James was sitting in a car on Brunswick Street when he was shot. A masked gunman was seen leaning out of the rear window of a silver Vauxhall Vectra as it drove past.
Two of James’ friends were also shot but survived.
The Crown Prosecution Service alleged James and his friends were members of the ‘Squaremen’ gang, based around Broomhall, and that the rival S3 gang from Burngreave and Pitsmoor was responsible.
A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “We realise how difficult it is for families to deal with all aspects of losing a loved one in such circumstances, and this is compounded when there is no conviction. This murder enquiry remains open and detectives will investigate any fresh evidence which may come to light.”
Call South Yorkshire Police on 0114 220 2020.