A six-year-old boy was found cowering in his home after his father had been brutally murdered by an armed gang, police have revealed.
The son of murder victim David Currier, who has not been named, was found still in his pyjamas sucking his thumb sitting at the top of the stairs at their home in Bromsgrove.
It is believed his father was stabbed to death by a gang of four men in the early hours of Saturday, February 7, while his son slept upstairs.
Mr Currier’s sister, Lorraine Nicholls, has made an emotional plea for more information about his death, while a £10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the offenders has been offered by West Mercia Police.
Ms Nicholls said: “David was a loveable rogue with a heart of gold. His nickname was Danger because he was a daredevil. He was a real joker, but he calmed down when he grew older.
“Having a child turned David’s life around. They adored each other. He always talked about his Daddy, but since David’s death he has gone very quiet and withdrawn and is obviously missing him.
“We took him up to David’s grave but he just found it too traumatic.”
Mr Currier was the youngest of three brothers and grew up with them and his sister Lorraine in Stirchley, Birmingham.
He had only recently moved to his rented, four bedroom house in Birmingham Road, Bromsgrove before his death in February.
Lorraine added: “The last two months have been horrendous and I am making this appeal on behalf of the family because we need to know for our own peace of mind, however painful the truth is, what happened.”
Detective Chief Inspector David Morgan, of West Mercia police, said: “A particularly disturbing aspect of the case is that Mr Currier’s six-year-old son was there at the time, and I would ask people to think about this young child alone in the house with his father’s body all night.
“We can only imagine his terror and bewilderment until he was found by police the following morning, still in his pyjamas, sitting at the top of the stairs sucking his thumb.
“I hope the release of this information and the £10,000 reward will encourage people to come forward.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact West Mercia Constabulary on 0300 333 3000 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.