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Family of murdered Thame teenager pay tribute to 'shining star'

The family of 19-year-old Joshua Harling have paid tribute to him, after he was murdered in Thame last Wednesday (22/07).

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 11:19am 30th July 2020. 3-minute read.

Family of murdered Thame teenager pay tribute to 'shining star'

Joshua Harling's family have paid tribute to him after his murder in Thame. 

19-year-old Joshua Harling died after suffering a stab wound to the chest last Wednesday evening (22/07) on Chinnor Road, Thame. 

The teenagers family have paid tribute to him in the following statement:

“The impact Josh had on so many people’s lives is unforgettable. He is an irreplaceable son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, friend and well-loved colleague.

“We do not know how to sum up in just a few sentences how much he meant to so many people. He touched so many lives. He felt it was his duty to protect, he had courage and bravery, and was full of kindness, love and energy. He was a compassionate soul with a fierce and generous love and loyalty to his family and his friends.

“He had the ability to light up any room he walked into with just one cheeky smile.  He was charismatic, selfless and had a contagious laugh along with his jokes.  He made sure everyone around him was happy.  A lovable lad that wore his heart on his sleeve. He had the world at his feet, with his every growing ambition to succeed in every aspect of his life. Striving to be the best he could be in his profession in the finance industry."

They says that his job, music, family and friends were his life. 

And that he had an 'angelic heart' who was always giving to others and not wanting anything in return. 

"No matter what, Josh was devoted to helping others and making sure those around him were happy, safe and secure.

“We will all carry that spirit on with us for eternity. His pure soul and personality shines so brightly it could never be dimmed.

“We can find comfort in the fact he loved deeply and was so so loved in return. With such passion and positivity, he will always continue to inspire those who were lucky enough to be touched by his life.

“Our protector, our rock, our shining star.”

Nathan Braim a 19-year-old from Broadwaters Avenue was charged on Sunday Night in connection with the incident and appeared in court yesterday.

Four people were arrested in connection with the case, with three of them released on conditional bail. 

Joshua's family have asked for their privacy to be respected at this difficult time. 


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