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PUBLISHED: 16:41 29 July 2009 | UPDATED: 15:48 16 August 2010

APPEAL: Kelly McGahan appeals for information of her fiance's killer.

APPEAL: Kelly McGahan appeals for information of her fiance's killer.

THE pregnant fiancée of a football manager murdered in an execution-style shooting has made a tearful plea for information about his killer.

MURDER HUNT: A police e-fit of the suspect.

THE pregnant fiancée of a football manager murdered in an execution-style shooting has made a tearful plea for information about his killer.

Beautician Kelly McGahan, 28, appeared at a press conference at New Scotland Yard on Thursday and described how the death of Ryan Musgrove had "destroyed" his family's life.

Coney Hall football club manager Mr Musgrove, 36, from South Norwood, was killed in front of his team-mates at Sparrows Den playing fields, in West Wickham, on July 16 as he turned up for training.

Police believe his masked killer, who rode out of the woods and shot the father-of-two before escaping on a mountain bike, may have been stalking him for at least a week before the murder.

Miss McGahan, who is three months pregnant, said: "Ryan was a family man who lived for football and who lived for his children. He has two beautiful children who he would have done anything for.

"We are expecting our first baby together. He is not going to be able to hold or kiss our baby. It has destroyed our lives. They have ruined so many people's lives and not thought about the consequences of what they have done.

"We had so many plans together and they have taken that away. I just want someone who knows anything to come forward, someone walking their dog or another cyclist. Please, just anything, anything at all."

Detective Chief Inspector John McFarlane said officers are investigating whether Mr Musgrove was involved in debt collection. He was a qualified electrician but had no full-time job at the time of his murder.

Police said a number of people had seen the gunman around Sparrows Den playing fields and Coney Hall Football Club, a quarter of a mile away, between 6pm and 7pm on the Tuesday and Thursday before the murder.

Holding an e-fit image of the suspect, Mr McFarlane added: "He was wearing a dust mask and all in black. There were a number of sightings of him cycling around the playing fields as training was going on."

Speaking exclusively to the Bromley Times, Miss McGahan's step-father Julian French, 52, who lives in the United Arab Emirates, said: "Ryan was my future son-in-law. I miss him terribly and he is in my thoughts continuously. This is so tragic. He will always be remembered by me.

"We had our disagreements occasionally but he was a man who had a big heart, a real character and who I know loved my step-daughter very deeply. He will never be forgotten."

Mr Musgrove is survived by his two children from an earlier relationship, Saffron, 13, and Storm, 11.

Police have revisited the playing fields where Mr Musgrove was gunned down and stopped drivers to appeal for information about the suspect. At the time of the shooting, the suspect was dressed in dark clothing and wore a hat covering the whole of his head, with large goggles and a white mask over the bottom half of his face.

He is believed to be white, between 5ft 10in and 6ft 2in tall and aged between his late teens and mid-30s.

Anyone with information should contact police on 0208 721 4205 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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