Chelmsford shooting: Devastated mother of artist John Pordage pays moving tribute to 'humble and caring' son killed in Essex

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The mother of a young artist who was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Essex has paid tribute to her “humble and caring” son.

John Pordage, 34, died after the attack at the BP garage in Baddow Road, Chelmsford, in the early hours of Saturday.

He was with another man, 25, when a blue Ford Fiesta pulled up and someone inside the car fatally shot Mr Pordage, from Galleywood.

Police believe it was a “chance meeting” and both parties spoke to each other before the exchange turned violent.

Sue Wilson, Mr Portage’s devastated mother, released a moving tribute to her son on Sunday evening.

She said: “My dear lovely, handsome son John has been taken away from me, his family and friends. We are all so heartbroken. 

‘Big friendly giant’: Tributes were paid to the 34-year-old. (Facebook)

“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.

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

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

Chelmsford shooting: A man, aged in his 20s, has died after being gunned outside a BP garage in Baddow Road. (Ben Fryer/BBC Essex)

“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.

On Saturday, the first tributes on social media poured into Mr Pordage, who was described as a “loyal friend” and “big friendly giant”.

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

Police announced they now believe Mr Pordage, his friend and the suspect were outside of their cars at the time of the shooting.

A number of addresses have been searched as part of the investigation and the blue Ford Fiesta has been recovered.

DCI Stephen Jennings said: “I still ask anyone who has any information about this incident to please get in touch with us, or Crimestoppers.” 

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