Mother Judith Hodson-Walker has described how she has had to endure living and working in the Worcestershire village post office where her son was “brutally shot”.
She spoke as three men were convicted of his murder at the end of a ten-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court, in which a jury found Christopher Morrissey, 32, his brother Declan Morrissey, 34, and Anselm Ribera, 34, guilty of murdering 29-year-old Craig Hodson-Walker.
They were also convicted of attempting to murder Craig’s father, sub-postmaster Ken Hodson-Walker.
A fourth defendant, getaway driver Adrian Snape, was cleared of both charges after admitting attempted robbery.
Craig, who was engaged to be married, was shot through the heart as he tried to fend off the masked gang at the family business in Fairfield, near Bromsgrove, in January.
His parents have pleaded to bring back hanging and said no sentence would be good enough because the killers “are still breathing”.
Judith, 57, said: “They took away Craig’s right to live, so why should they have any right to live? Bring back hanging.
“Make the deterrent harder, make people think twice before they go to commit a crime.”
Mrs Hodson-Walker spoke of how the murder had affected her daily life.
“I no longer live, I exist, and I keep together what is left of my family with no thought for what the future holds.
“I’m scared that if I stop I won’t be able to carry on. I have had to endure living and working in the place where my son was so brutally shot – walking past the same spot daily where Craig lay in my arms, dying as his life escaped his body, his beautiful blue eyes slowly fading and becoming lifeless.
“The world will never replace someone as special as Craig, but heaven has gained a special angel.
“Our lives have been destroyed by mindless dregs that had no thought but to take what was not theirs materially but more importantly emotionally.
“Craig’s passion for life was extinguished by the actions of men who have no values and no sense of purpose, other than to take what was not theirs.
"All our future plans have gone, we now have to move and revise everything because of their want for money – which they never got because we just couldn’t give it to them.
“Due to the actions of these men our life sentence started on the morning of January 9 and will continue endlessly.
“I ask myself, ‘Will theirs?’ But there are so many questions I have left unanswered. The biggest question that I have is why did evil touch us on that day?”
The gang struck at the store at 8.20am on January 9.
Snape waited outside the post office in a stolen getaway car while Ribera and the Morrissey brothers stormed the shop.
Ribera brandished an automatic pistol, which he cocked just seconds after entering, and the Morrisseys shared a sledgehammer.
The killers demanded cash and keys from 57-year-old Mr Hodson-Walker, who was working behind the counter.
But the raid was in vain because the safe – which contained about £20,000 – was on a time lock and could not be opened before 9am.
Craig had rushed to his father’s aid with a cricket bat, wearing just his boxer shorts.
In a statement read to the court, Mr Hodson-Walker said he feared for his life as one of the Morrissey brothers demanded cash in a “threatening” and “evil” voice.
Craig’s fiancee, Lisa Bundy, aged 26, said she had been eagerly planning their forthcoming wedding and they were looking to move in together.
She described the moment in which she was told of his death as an “emotional bombshell”. She said: “It was as if my whole world had collapsed and, strangely enough, in hindsight it has.
“It is funny how you go through life, sad things happen, and you get upset, but it is not until something as tragic as this happens that you finally realise what really being upset is.
“Every day I feel lonely, I have now lost the one person I felt closest to and the one person I need to hold my hand and tell me everything would be OK. It has left a huge gaping hole in my life.”
Christopher Morrissey, of Elmay Road, Sheldon, Declan Morrissey, of Shirley Park Road, Shirley, and Ribera, of Topfield House, Druids Heath, were also convicted of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life and attempted robbery.
Snape, of Camelot Way, Small Heath, had already pleaded guilty to attempted robbery, admitting that he was the getaway driver.
The gang will be sentenced on December 18.