The family of a much-loved teenager who died after a fall from a Banbury car park has described him as a ‘bright star’.
Fourteen-year-old Tom Boomer, from Bloxham, died on Monday afternoon after falling from the Bolton Road multi-storey car park in the early hours of the morning.
Tom, who was passionate about music and a keen drummer, had been a pupil at Chipping Norton School since January after previously attending The Warriner in Bloxham. He leaves his father Douglas, mother Clare and sister Kirstin.
His father 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. 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. Our wonderful memories of Tom, together with the love and support of our friends in Bloxham and wider family, will sustain us in the 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.”
Simon Duffy, head teacher at Chipping Norton School, said the news of Tom’s death had shocked everyone at the school, particularly those in Year 9.
He said: “Tom was a polite, smart and talented student.
“Despite the fact that he joined Chipping Norton School relatively recently, he was making his mark with both students and staff.
“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.”
South Central Ambulance Service was called to the scene at about 1am on Monday before police officers arrived at about 2am.
Tom was taken to the Horton Hospital before being transferred to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, where he died at about 4pm.