The family of a murdered Bridlington man have spoken exclusively to the Bridlington Free Press of their “devastating” ordeal.
Humberside Police are still appealing for information 22 weeks after the murder of 39-year-old Graham White on Sewerby Road last August.
No charges have yet been made in connection with the incident, despite the arrest and subsequent bail of seven people, including a 14-year-old boy.
Now the family have revealed their frustration in knowing that whoever murdered Graham, is still free.
On this occasion we have chosen not to idenitify the family.
Graham’s sister said: “I could have walked past his murderer hundreds of times - I just don’t know. The police are still appealing for information and I’m sure they are doing everything they can.
“As a family we have all chipped in money, but it’s meant we haven’t been able to afford a proper Christmas.
“We had to use Christmas money to pay for Graham’s funeral.We actually went to Graham’s grave on Christmas day.”
Graham was killed during what Humberside Police described as “an isolated incident” outside a property on Sewerby Road on 27 August last year.
His sister in law, who also can’t be named, spoke of the devastation at not being able to see Graham’s body before he was laid to rest.
She said: “Because it took so long to release Graham’s body, we were told it was too late to see him - we wanted a chance to say goodbye.
“Graham has a brother who doesn’t live in Bridlington and he wanted to go and say goodbye.
“But it took six weeks to release his body, and then we were advised we shouldn’t go see him.”
With no charges made in connection with Graham’s murder, the family said they have been left with a feeling of injustice hanging over their heads.
Graham’s brother said: “Whoever killed Graham was able to go home to their family - they were able to celebrate Christmas with their family.
“But Christmas was ruined for us. We never expected it would take this long.”
Graham’s sister also spoke of the family’s grief in losing a brother and son who she described as “cheeky”.
She said: “He was a real Jack-the-lad. It’s devastating - my mum is OK now, but she has her days.
“Nothing will bring him back, but you want some sort of justice.
“I think it’s important that people talk about it - the more people talk about it the more chance the police have of charging someone.
“However little or insignificant you think it is, it is important.
“It could be something that the police are looking for - that little piece of the puzzle.”
In August, Detective Chief Inspector Wendy North: “I would like to personally appeal to anyone else with information about the murder or the disturbance to call the police.
“No matter how insignificant you think your information is we want to speak to you, as you may hold the key to helping to identify those responsible for killing Mr White.”
Anyone with information should call Humberside Police on 101 quoting log 63 of 27/08/2014 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.