A ‘cheeky chap’ with the ‘biggest heart’: Mum pays emotional tribute to Chelmsford murder victim John Pordage

John Pordage. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

John Pordage. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

John Pordage, 34, of Galleywood, was gunned down outside a BP petrol station after a chance meeting with the suspect descended into violence, Essex Police said. His mother, Sue Wilson, has paid tribute to the “humble, caring young man”.

Forensic investigators at the scene of a fatal shooting at the BP garage in Baddow Road, Chelmsford.

Forensic investigators at the scene of a fatal shooting at the BP garage in Baddow Road, Chelmsford. Picture: NIGEL BROWN - Credit: Archant

Mr Pordage died after being shot in the chest at the garage near the Army and Navy roundabout in Baddow Road in Chelmsford at around 2.10am on Saturday. The victim was with his friend, a 25-year-old man, when they met a person known to them and had an exchange of words which descended into violence, Essex Police said.

• Sunday night update: Boy, 16, arrested on suspicion of murder.

Sue Wilson, the mother of Mr Pordage, issued the following tribute to her son through Essex Police on Sunday night:

“My dear lovely, handsome son John has been taken away from me, his family and friends.

“We are all so heartbroken.

“John was fun-loving and wore his heart on his sleeve.

“He was known for his big personality and friendly nature. He was a cheeky chap and had so much to look forward to.

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“We loved him, everyone loved him. He had the biggest heart.

“John loved working out at the gym and was into healthy eating. He was also an accomplished artist who loved creativity and design.

“John was a humble, caring young man who would support everyone and do anything for anybody.

“We are going to miss him so very much. Words cannot describe the pain I am going through right now.

“I would like to thank everyone for their dear messages of support.”

• Witnesses, those with mobile phone or dash cam footage and anyone with information should call 101. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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