The family stated that Darcey was a beautiful, carefree, spirited youngster who “loved to sing and dance.” Young Darcey was murdered on what was supposed to be her first day of school, and her father had promised her to get her there on time. For whatever reason, he did not keep his promise.
Tim Barnes, one of Darcey’s uncles, told of Darcey’s strong will and determination and spoke of the “extreme sense of loss and emptiness” which has gripped all who knew her, including family, friends and many well wishers around the world.
“She knew her own mind and was prepared to always stand up for what she believed in. One memory that stands out in my mind was her choice of clothes,” he reportedly told the Melbourne Herald Sun.
Joe Barnes, another of Darcey’s uncles, said, “She’s given us a lot of fun. She was into everything. She will never be forgotten. She had an effect on everybody.”
Both uncles said that the emotional outpouring from people from around the world in the wake of the death has been overwhelming. Both of the Barnes uncles said they hoped the death of Darcy would remind all parents everywhere that their children are precious and irreplaceable.
Darcey’s maternal relatives have traveled from Western Australia to Victoria to be with Darcey’s mother and to help with funeral arrangements.
Arthur Freeman, the father, has not spoken to anyone. He is detained at the Melbourne Assessment Prison’s acute psychiatric ward, where doctors said he is suicidal and they are keeping a 24-hour watch on his prison cell.
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