THE widow of a murdered nightclub doorman has told how her life is in limbo as his killers are still to be found.
Julie Nightingale cradled her husband Kevin on the doorstep of their South Shields home, as he lay dying after being shot from behind.
The 33-year-old had just returned to his home in Drake Close, South Shields, after finishing his shift at Oz Nightclub in South Shields in the early hours of February 17, 1996.
His killing sparked a major police operation, which opened up the criminal underworld which had been operating in South Shields.
Despite repeated appeals by police and his family, his killer has never been caught.
As the 50-year-old faces yet another New Year without her husband – and despite her reservations that one day the family will get closure – she says she still clings to the slim chance that one day his killer will be caught and brought to justice.
Mrs Nightingale said: “Somebody, somewhere must know.
“There has been so many things happen and so many names mentioned over the years, but still nothing has come to anything.”
Earlier this year, detectives launched a review into the killing of the father-of-two. However, no breakthrough was made into finding the gunman.
Since the killing, Mrs Nightingale says she rarely ventures out of her home fearing she could come face to face, unknowingly, with her husband’s killer.
She added: “Life is just not the same without Kevin and never will be again.”
Anyone with information on the killing is asked to contact police.