‘With his cheeky smile he was always the entertainer’: Family pay tribute to Aylesbury man shot with crossbow

Darrell Farnham with his partner Beverley in his stock car in Lanzarote

Darrell Farnham with his partner Beverley in his stock car in Lanzarote

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The family of an Aylesbury father who died after being shot in the chest with a crossbow have described him as a ‘larger than life character’.

Darrell Farnham, 44, was found ‘beyond help’ at his Belgrave Road home and died at the scene.

Floral tributes left in Belgrave Road

Floral tributes left in Belgrave Road

His family said he will be ‘greatly missed by those who loved him’.

From an early age he had a passion for cars and trained to be a mechanic at Aylesbury College.

He recently took up stock car racing and his family said his car was his pride and joy.

He had been proud to win his first trophy racing on the day he died at Standlake Arena in Oxford and had hoped to pursue the hobby further.

His family said: “Darrell was a larger than life character who lived life to the full, and with his cheeky smile he was always the entertainer.

“There was never a dull moment when Darrell was around.

“Darrell had a generous side to his character and was willing to help those he cared about or were less fortunate, as his flower tributes demonstrated.

“Even on the day Darrell died he helped an elderly stranger who was stranded with transport from Aylesbury to Oxford.”

Mr Farnham, who was born in Barking, Essex, died on June 23. He had one daughter, Jodie, two sisters, Joanne and Zoe, and also leaves behind his partner, Beverley, and his parents Diane and Colin.

After spending his early years in Upminster he moved with his family to Bucks where he grew up on the family smallholding, raising calves and riding horses.

As a youngster Mr Farnham was a regular at local equestrian events, leading his sister on her pony Jonie to win many rosettes.

Russell Gill, 42, of Lavender Walk, Aylesbury, has been charged with Mr Farnham’s murder.

Four other people arrested in connection with the investigation, two men aged 40 and 42 arrested on suspicion of murder and two women aged 36 and 37 arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, have been released on bail until various dates in mid July.

Floral tributes were left on Mr Farnham’s recovery truck near his home.

One message said: “I will never forget you. You were like a brother to me.”

Another read: “Can’t believe you’re gone. Thank you for everything you done for me and my family. Will never forget you. Love you Daz.”

Neighbour Mark Kelly said: “He was always nice to us and polite and pleasant to the kids.

“We were quite upset when we found out what happened.”