THE father of schoolgirl Liberty Baker has spoken of the silence in their home since their music-loving daughter was killed.
Paul Baker, 46, and his wife Maureen, 44, also thanked friends, family and the people of Witney for their support following the 14-year-old’s death.
He said the keen ukulele player “took her music everywhere” and the family were coming to terms with the house not being filled with the sound of her favourite songs.
Mr Baker said: “That’s what you notice most of all. She took her music everywhere on her iPod and iPhone, even in the bathroom she would just take it with her.
“From the moment she woke up until the moment she went to bed, music was playing.
“The Saturday before (the accident) she went to see McBusted with her friends in Weston-super-Mare and she had a great time.
“Glastonbury was that weekend and we taped it to watch together because we would always watch music together and talk about it.
“We haven’t been able to watch it yet.”
Liberty with her brother Finley, 10, dad Paul, 46, and mum Maureen, 44.
Liberty was killed as she walked to school on June 30 when a car mounted the kerb in Curbridge Road.
A man arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving has been rebailed by police until September 14.
Mr Baker, a self-employed engineer, said he was driving to work when he heard of the accident.
He said: “It was Monday morning and she couldn’t find her school tie and I sort of made a mental note of it, where it was, and you think ‘If I didn’t find the tie that quick it may have delayed her.’ “She said ‘bye dad’, she shut the door and was gone.
“I went to work a bit earlier than normal, I got in my van and a traffic report came on saying ‘accident Curbridge Road with multiple casualties’ and I knew straight away.”
He said the family have received “overwhelming” support in the seven weeks since Liberty’s death.
He said: “Maureen’s friends have been great.
“Every day at least one of them or our family visits and they bring food and drinks like tea or coffee.
“David Cameron sent us a personal written letter, it wasn’t just a typed-up script.
“He mentioned the loss of his son in there as well and I’m going to have a meeting with him sometime in the near future.
“We’ve been grateful for the support from the church as well, Father Pat and all the congregation have been very good.”
Liberty lived in Thorney Leys, Witney, with her dad and mum, who works at St John’s College, Oxford, in an administrative role.
Her 10-year-old brother Finley, is a pupil at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School, which Liberty also attended before moving on to Henry Box School.
Mr Baker said plans for memorials have not yet been finalised, but it is understood a garden centre has agreed to donate an apple tree known as the Liberty apple tree to be planted at Henry Box.
Boots pharmacy has donated £1,000 to a memorial fund and £5,700 has been raised by donations on the Go Fund Me website.
Mr and Mrs Baker said they hadn’t decided yet how the money should be spent, but they were planning to ask the council for permission to place a bench beside her grave in Witney’s Tower Hill Cemetery.
Mr Baker said: “We go there two times a day, sometimes I go three times a day because I go once by myself before I go to work.”
“When you walk into the graveyard it seems unfair because you see gravestones with 70, 80, 90 on them.
“Of course, there are some young people but no parent should have to bury their child.”
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