A young British solider managed to survive warzones in Afghanistan, only to be killed in his home town.
Dave Curnow, 20, died from injuries he sustained during a serious assault in the early hours of Sunday morning. The incident happened outside a nightclub in Redruth, Cornwall, and a member of the public found him unconscious on the ground, The Mirror reports.
Detective Chief Inspector Mike West, deputy head of major crime at Devon and Cornwall Police, said: “The victim was taken to Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske and was immediately transferred to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth due to his injuries. Earlier this afternoon we received the tragic news the victim has died as a result of his injuries.”
Two people have now been charged with his murder, Liam Laing, 21, and Connor Hammond, also 21, were remanded in custody and are due to appear at Truro Magistrates’ Court today.
DCI West said the two suspects are not believed to have known the young soldier.
People have been paying tribute to Dave on Twitter:
So sad to hear the news about Dave. Things like this shouldn't happen anywhere, let alone Cornwall. Thinking of his friends and family..RIP.
— Charlotte (@Charlotte_Rule) September 21, 2015
Truly heartbroken, rest in peace @DaveCurnow thank you for being you and for your amazing service for our country. You really are a hero 💚💙
— Keyenia Hawthorne (@keyenia212) September 21, 2015
💐 laying flowers for you @DaveCurnow left me with no words. You are so loved, rest in paradise xx
— Georgia Stocker (@georgystox) September 22, 2015