Tributes paid to Bilborough shooting victim Germaine Edwards 'who had a heart of gold'
TRIBUTES have been paid to a Bilborough dad killed in a city shooting.
Germaine Edwards, 28, was found shot in Fairnley Road, Bilborough, at 5pm on Saturday.
He was taken to the Queen's Medical Centre but later died.
Police yesterday confirmed it was Mr Edwards who had died.
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Friend Gisella Sobarasua, of St Ann's Valley, St Ann's, said Mr Edwards was well-known as he worked at the Co-op in Robin Hood Chase.
She said: "He was there for quite a few years and was liked by all who went there.
"He was always friendly and ready to help. Round here you won't find a person with a bad thing to say about him.
"He was a great lad and will be missed by us all."
Flowers and cards were yesterday being left near to where the body was found and at the Co-op, which closed last week.
A tribute in Fairnley Road read: "Still can't believe it. I only saw you two days ago, so happy.
"You are a good lad and will be sadly missed. All I can say is 'why?'"
Martin Stout, of Wigman Road, tried to save Mr Edwards by talking to him until the emergency services arrived.
A post-mortem examination confirmed he died from a gunshot wound.
Mr Edwards is said to have had a baby with his partner only a few weeks ago.
Candles had also been left outside the Co-op yesterday and the words 'RIP JAM' had been painted on the shutters.
A local woman, who did not want to be named, said: "He'd go out of his way to help anybody. The whole of St Ann's is devastated.
"We see him as our 'Jam' – that was everyone's pet name for him."
Friend Lerose Brown, who lives in The Chase, said: "He had a heart of gold and was there for everyone in the community.
"He was a people person and there's not a bad word you could say about the boy."
Andrea Scott, who lives in St Ann's Well Road, said she felt a "big hole" had been left in the community.
She said: "He was lovely. We all send our sympathy to his family."
A spokeswoman from Co-operative Food said: "Germaine Edwards was a valued member of our St Ann's store team and his death has deeply saddened us all.
"Our sympathies are with Germaine's parents, family and friends."
People living near where Mr Edwards was found said they feared for their safety after the incident.
Mandy Hackett, 55, of Wigman Road, said: "I saw all the blue lights coming past and when I came out of my gate I saw him being taken into the ambulance. It was quite upsetting. I just can't believe it.
"I was very, very shocked. Things like this don't happen in this part of Bilborough. My heart goes out to his family. No-one deserves that."
A few doors down, restaurant worker Sayad Asin, 34, said: "It's so sad. My sister rang me and told me what happened.
"It makes you feel very unsafe. I've got three kids and we are totally scared."
Police were yesterday given extra time to question a 32-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder.
Detectives said yesterday they were still working to establish the movements of a silver Ford Fiesta, which they believe is linked to the murder investigation.
A car matching its description was later found burned out in Cossall Lane, near Trowell.
Detectives want to speak to anyone who saw the car being driven erratically or at speed in Bilborough, Wollaton or Trowell between 5pm and 6pm on Saturday.
Anyone with any information should contact the incident room at West Bridgford on 0115 844 6916 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.