Family tells of its struggle over loss of ‘bright star’ Tom

Thomas Boomer

Thomas Boomer

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THE father of a 14-year-old boy who died after falling from a multi-storey car park has said the family will cherish his memory.

Thomas Boomer, pictured, who was from Bloxham, fell from the five-storey Bolton Road car parkin Banbury at about 1am on Monday but died of his injuries at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital later that afternoon.

Yesterday his dad Doug said: “We are struggling to come to terms with and understand Tom’s death.

“He was a bright star with the potential to shine in whatever path he chose in life.”

He added: “Our wonderful memories of Tom, together with the love and support of our friends in Bloxham and wider family, will sustain us in both coming weeks and months.

“We appreciate the many messages of love from his friends who must be suffering greatly too.

“We will cherish memories of the 14 years we were privileged to spend with Tom.”

Police were last night continuing their investigation into Tom’s death, on behalf of the Oxfordshire coroner but it is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.

The teenager, of Queen Street, was a drummer and also leaves behind his mother Clare and his sister Kirstin.

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In the family statement Mr Boomer added: “To his sister he was a constant friend, always happy to improvise a tune for her to sing to.

“Tom’s love of music made him many friends and the house often rang to the sounds of band practice.

“His more recent love of canoeing was a great outlet for his energy and the club provided a strong network.”

The teen had recently moved to Chipping Norton School from The Warriner School in nearby Bloxham.

Simon Duffy, headteacher at Chipping Norton School, yesterday said: “Tom was a polite, smart and talented student.

“He enjoyed music, was passionate about rugby and had a good future ahead of him.

“Our whole school community is shocked and saddened by the news and our thoughts are with his family.”

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