Detectives investigating the murder of family man Simon Holdsworth went door-to-door around his neighbourhood yesterday in an effort to uncover vital new information.
A team of police officers went door-knocking in Hackenthorpe, quizzing locals as they continued to piece together a full picture of Mr Holdsworth’s life.
They visited residents on Westfield Avenue, Winterton Gardens and Beighton Road before handing out leaflets by the Sainsbury’s at Crystal Peaks.
Neighbour Vikki Lax, aged 40, of Westfield Avenue, said: “It’s frightening thinking that you just don’t know what happened.
“Someone has got to know something and for that poor family’s sake we all wish they would come forward.
“Everybody is obviously just in total shock.
“You don’t expect it - we are stunned and everybody is a bit scared as well.
She added: “He seemed like a nice guy.
“He was such a family man - due to get married, he had a little boy - it’s just hard to take in still.
“It’s not died down at all, everybody is still reeling from this.”
John Unwin, 41, of Four Wells Drive, Hackenthorpe, said: “You feel sorry for the family who have lost someone. It’s so bad for them, they have had a horrible Christmas.
“Everybody is worried but you have to get on. You can’t live in fear.”
His wife Marie, 30, added: “It puts you on edge because you don’t know who it is or why they did it. When it’s on the news somewhere else you don’t think too much about it, but when it’s in your community it is on your mind.
“Late at night, if I hear any noise I think, ‘What’s that?’ It does make you more wary.”
Police officers remain baffled as to the motive for the murder of Mr Holdsworth.
The 36-year-old was attacked in a field off Birley Spa Lane, Hackenthorpe, after he got off a bus as he made his way home from work following a late shift on Monday, December 16.
He had been hit in the head multiple times with a blunt weapon.
Detectives now want to speak to Mr Holdsworth’s friends, relatives, work colleagues and acquaintances to find out as much as they can about the paint sprayer’s life.
He leaves a fiancée, Carleen McKeown, and four-year-old son, Tiarnan.
Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101.