Former partner Carly Stewart with eldest son Dylan Salafia, both continue to grieve the tragic loss of Johnny Salafia.Unsolved murdersof the Illawarra and South CoastIt has been three and a half years since Johnny Salafia was shot at point-blank rangeon the front doorstep of his South Coast home at Kings Point.
In a split second, his family lost a father, a brother, a husband and a son.
His brazen killer remains at large.
Carly Stewart, Johnny’s ex-wife and the mother of his oldest son Dylan, described her former partner as “larger than life” saying he had a “massive heart”.
“He was the first person to stand up and defend anyone if something was wrong,” she said.
In his early life, the 38-year-old cement renderer was swayed byfriends to jointhe outlaw Rebels Motorcycle Club.
Johnny Salafia, 38, was murdered on his front doorstep on June 23, 2013 while his wife and two daughters were inside. No one has ever been charged for his murder. Image: supplied.
It was a brief flirtation in the early 2000’s claimsCarly Stewart, with hismembership of the outlaw ganglasting only six months.
On June 23, 2013 -a Sunday night – 38-year-old Johnny, his wife Sara, their two young daughters and Dylan had spent the evening at the cinemas watching Despicable Me 2.
Dylan was dropped home at Carly’s house.
He told his mother he’d never seen his father so happy.
“They were going to take a family photo that night, but unfortunately the moment was missed,” Carly said.
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Moments later, two shots rang out, shattering the still night.
Johnny was shot twice in the head and chest. He died where he fell.
In an instant, the lives of the extended Salafia’s family was forever changed.
Carly still clearly remembers police arriving at her door at 4am and delivering the horrific news.
Police examined the homicide scene the following day, June 24, 2013, at the Kings Point address.
“Them [police] saying Johnny had been killed was the moment which shattered our whole lives,” Carly said.
“It changed everything for everybody.”
No one has ever been charged over Johnny’s murder, despite a dedicated strike force, codename Hobler, being formed to investigate the killing.
Now, as the days have given way to months and years, Carly says Johnny’s family has been left with a hole that can never be filled.
“We all try and band together and make Christmas, birthdays and Father’s Days special but it is not the same,” Carly said.
“There is an empty chair at the table.”
The question of why anyone would want to hurt Johnny Salafia has haunted the family ever since the murder.
The extended family of Johnny Salafia continue to mourn his death.
“What sort of animal comes to the door and shoots a man?” Carly asked.
“They wanted to hurt John. But the thing is John didn’t know he died, they hurt all of us.”
Police appeal for anyone who does have any information about the murder, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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