By Ellie Ross
Police have launched a fresh appeal seven years after a teenager was shot dead in his Clapham home on Valentine’s Day.
Billy Cox, 15, bled to death in the arms of his 12-year-old sister Elizabeth after being shot in the chest in Fenwick Place on February 14 2007.
Officers investigating his murder hope with the passing of time, some will now feel able to tell the police the name of the suspect for the shooting. Police and his family now believe Billy could have known his killer as there was no forced entry into the home.
Billy had left Acre Lane, Brixton, at 2:36pm and made his way home on the evening of his death. His sister returned to their home and as she neared the door, heard a ‘bang’. Inside, she found her brother dying.
He was pronounced dead at the scene. A post-mortem examination gave cause of death as a gunshot wound to the chest. Five men were arrested but released without charge.
Maureen Salkilld, Billy’s aunt, said the family struggle to come to terms with the lack of persecution for the youngster’s death. She said: “Billy would be 23 this year with the best of his life still to come. “This is why when we see his friends attending his service, we can’t help but imagine what he would be like now.
“It makes it even more sad seeing these friends knowing that some know exactly who the person is responsible for Billy’s death. One day we hope justice is done, before another life is needlessly taken.”
Anyone who can assist should call the incident room on 020 8247 4553 or to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.