The mother of Amy Barnes (nee Shimmell) – who was found dead at her Rednal home on Tuesday as a result of a suspected murder-suicide – has paid tribute to her “precious gift”.

And the Chief Executive of Birmingham Women’s Hospital, where Amy was a nursery nurse, said the 32 year old was “much-loved” and said: “this is like losing a member of our own family”.

Amy was discovered at her home in Cofton Park Close in the early hours of Tuesday morning (26th September), having died from a single stab wound to the neck.

Police believe Amy was murdered by her husband, James Barnes, 30, who later took his own life. He was found a little earlier in the garden of an address in Linforth Drive, Streetly, having died from the effects of a fire.

“Precious gift”

Amy’s mother has released a statement on behalf of her family. She said:”Amy was a fantastic, funny, beautiful and caring girl. She was known as my precious gift, my first born and the best big sister to her two younger sisters Lucy and Emily.

“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.”


She continued: “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.

“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.”


Amy’s mother said: “In the last few months of her life Amy had grown into a strong confident woman. The loss of Amy has devastated our close family.

“She was loved so much not only by her parents, sisters, grandparents aunties and cousins but so many of her friends. Shine bright my angel.”

“A truly incredible nursery nurse”

On behalf of Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust where Amy was a nursery nurse, Chief Executive Sarah-Jane Marsh said: “Amy was a truly incredible nursery nurse, who loved her job and was looking forward to a promotion to a new role in our neonatal unit in a few weeks’ time.

“Having worked with us since she left school, Amy had so many friends here and everyone who knew her talks of her bubbly and cheerful personality, whilst always remaining calm, incredibly professional and focused on getting to know her patients, and others, really well.


She went on to say: “Losing such a much-loved member of our team has been a huge shock. Our teams are like families – so for many of us this is like losing a member of our own family. It’s so sad that her life has been cut short at a time when she still had so much more to give and such a bright future ahead.

“On behalf of all who knew her at our hospital, our most heartfelt condolences go out to Amy’s family and friends.

“We will never forget her and the amazing difference she made to the lives of so many babies, mums and families.”

“Two families grieving”

Detective Inspector Caroline Corfield, from Force CID, said: “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.”

Our thoughts go out to Amy’s family and friends and all affected by these tragic events. RIP Amy x



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