Heartfelt tributes have been paid to a woman who was found dead following a suspected murder-suicide earlier this week.
Amy Barnes was discovered at a home in Rednall, West Midlands, in the early hours of Tuesday morning, with a post mortem later revealing that she died from a single stab wound to the neck.
It is believed that she was murdered by husband James Barnes who later took his own life.
His body was discovered in the garden of a separate nearby home, after dying from the effects of a fire.
In a statement released by Amy’s mother on behalf of her entire family, she was praised as a ‘precious gift’.
‘Amy was a fantastic, funny, beautiful and caring girl’, she said.
‘She was known as my precious gift, my first born and the best big sister to her two younger sisters Lucy and Emily.
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‘Her loss has left a huge hole in not only mine and her father Jez’s heart but to all those that loved Amy which will never be filled.
‘We are all so, so proud of her. The truth is Amy was a precious gift to so many people, who smiled with her eyes. Everything you would like to say about a beautiful human being inside and out, Amy was’.
She added: ‘Amy took such pride in her work as a neo-natal nursery nurse and was extremely passionate in her role helping countless new mothers with their new born babies.’
Detective Inspector Caroline Corfield added: ‘This is a terribly sad case which has left two families grieving for a loved one, trying to come to terms with the circumstances of their death.
‘The death of Amy is being investigated as a murder and it is believed that following her murder, her husband James, later took his own life at a family address. Officers are supporting both families who have asked to be given time to grieve.’