The parents of student Laura Walden who lost her life in a crash on the A41 have paid a heart-rending tribute to their daughter.
Louise and Peter Walden also thanked people for the messages of support they have received following the 17-year-old’s death on Thursday.
In a joint statement they said: “We and our son Daniel are devastated at the sudden loss of Laura and she leaves a huge hole in our lives and that of our close family that will never be filled.
“To us and Daniel she was not just a daughter and sister but best friend and to her grandparents, such a loving and special person.”
Laura was in her final year at Waddesdon School and her parents said that she really loved school and was looking forward to taking up a well deserved place at University.
“Laura had a wide circle of friends in and out of school and we would like to thank them, their parents, the school, our friends as well as all our family for the overwhelming amount of kind messages we have received,” they added.
“She always tried hard to think the best of everyone, just be a nice person and it is a great comfort to us and it has been truly amazing to see just how popular and well thought of she was by so many.
“Many messages we have received have mentioned how lovely Laura was to them and while we cannot stop thinking about our beautiful daughter, our thoughts are also there for the others injured in the accident and their families.”
Waddesdon School’s head teacher Peter Norman also paid tribute to ‘highly intelligent’ Laura, and said that devastated students would be offered support from trained members of staff to help them come to terms with their loss.
He said: “Laura Walden was a studying for her A-Levels at Waddesdon C of E School.
“She was a highly intelligent, kind and generous-hearted student who was loved by students and staff alike.
“She will be greatly missed by the whole school community and our thoughts and prayers will be with her family and loved ones at this tragic time.”