Family of Cpl Brent McCarthy pay tribute to 'perfect' son

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image captionCpl Brent McCarthy's girlfriend said he had "every good quality going"

The family of an RAF serviceman killed in Afghanistan have paid tribute to a "perfect" son.

Cpl Brent McCarthy, 25, from Telford, was killed alongside 27-year-old L/Cpl Lee Davies, of 1st Battalion Welsh Guards on Saturday.

The men had been providing security at a base in the Lashkar Gah area of Helmand province when they were shot by members of the Afghan police force.

John McCarthy said the details of his son's death were still unclear.

He said: "We're getting the support we need. The one thing they've not been able to do is definite answers to questions.

"We're getting most of our information, like everyone else, from television and radio."

'Tremendous son'

Cpl McCarthy's girlfriend Sarah Briggs, who is also in the RAF, described him as "one in a million, who had every good quality going".

She added: "It's just shock now. It's not until the repatriation this week that it will hit home I think.

"He was on his R&R in four weeks. It hasn't hit home that he's not going to be coming home."

Cpl McCarthy grew up in Telford and went to Lilleshall Primary School, and then Orleton Park School in Wellington.

His father said: "The thing with Brent, he had a lot of determination for anything he did. He'll try anything.

"He was an absolutely tremendous son and I'll miss him forever."

Among a host of tributes from forces colleagues, Cpl McCarthy was said to be extremely popular and hugely respected.

His friends said he would be remembered for his professionalism, physical toughness, but above all, for his unbeatable smile and sense of humour.

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