The family of a man who was shot dead at his Staffordshire home have issued a heartfelt plea for information about his murder.
Lorry driver Richard Deakin, the father of two young daughters, was gunned down in Chasetown by killers his family have described as "animals".
Urging the public to help the murder inquiry, the 27-year-old's partner, Megan Deakin, remembered him as the "best dad ever".
In a statement issued by Staffordshire Police, she said: "The children want their dad. I want Richard and I want my life back.
"I just want to be able to touch him. I want my soulmate back, I'm lost without him.
"The cowards who did this are not people, they are animals. People may be scared to come forward, but if they don't, Richard's killers will still be out there."
Mr Deakin, a motocross fanatic who once ran a skip hire business, was shot at his home in Meadway Street in July.
Detective Chief Inspector Dave Garrett, who is leading the murder inquiry, said: "Richard's family are devastated by his death and cannot begin to comprehend why someone would deliberately cause them so much pain."
Two men have been arrested in connection with Mr Deakin's death and remain on police bail pending further inquiries.