The family of murder victim Jordan Thomas have said they have been ‘destroyed’ by his death.
Mr Thomas was shot and killed in Sheffield in December 2014 and his family have spoken of their loss and sadness the same day his killer was brought to justice.
Jama Ahmed, of Broomhall Place, Sheffield was jailed after being found guilty by a majority verdict of murdering Mr Thomas in a shooting on Derek Dooley Way, on December 21, last year.
Ahmed was given a life sentence and will serve at least 36 years imprisonment before he is considered for parole.
The 26-year-old was also found guilty of attempting to murder Mr Thomas’ friend, Neshaun Ferguson, following a seven-week trial at Sheffield Crown Court.
Jordan’s family have released a heart-felt statement. They said: “Life as we knew it changed when Jordan was killed – he was and still is the centre of our world. “There is no longer joy in our lives and we will never again share the happiness of being in his presence.
“Our beautiful boy has gone to heaven without mercy or hesitation; his precious life taken in a planned and determined attack to murder him. Our complete and utter loss has destroyed us as a family, and we will never come to terms with his death, and our hearts will never heal from the sadness we feel.
“The defence cast doubt over Jordan’s character, and we wish to make it clear that he was never arrested or convicted of any drug or firearm offences.
“The trial has been an extremely traumatic experience and, for eight long weeks, we have had to sit through every detail of how and why Jordan was killed. The defence has continually tried to dishonour Jordan’s memory and have shown a total lack of sympathy or sensitivity towards the family and the loss we have suffered.
“Although our hearts are truly broken, the deep love we have for Jordan gives us the strength to move forward.”