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Widow's tribute after club death

7 July 09 15:48 GMT

The widow of a man who died after an incident at a nightclub has said he was "at a happy point in his life".

Darren Griffiths, 41, of Harmer Hill, near Shrewsbury, died in hospital from the injuries he suffered last month at the town's Liquid and Diva nightclub.

His widow, Amanda, the mother of his two young daughters, said: "He loved his job, his rugby and his family."

Neil Stokes, 22, of Shrewsbury, and Daryl Brown, 32, of Wellington have been charged with Mr Griffiths' murder.

Mr Stokes, of Spring Gardens, and Mr Brown, of Severn Drive, were remanded in custody last week to appear at Shrewsbury Crown Court on 13 July.

Two other men arrested on suspicion of murder have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

Mr Griffiths took part in Shrewsbury's Dragon Boat Festival on 28 June before going on a night out.

His widow, who married him in 2002 and was speaking on behalf of the family, said their world had been "turned upside down".

Speaking about herself and daughters Charlotte, six, and four-year-old Ellen, Mrs Griffiths said: "Darren called us his three princesses.

"Now we will never get another kiss or big cuddle. Our family is broken and no-one can fix it.

"We've got so many fond recollections, but my lasting memory will be his smiling face after taking part in the Dragon Boat Festival."

The family statement released by West Mercia Police said Mr Griffiths completed 12 years' Army service with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

It said he worked as the engineer for Shrewsbury's Darwin, Pride Hill and Riverside shopping centres and was an active member of Shrewsbury Rugby Club, for whom he had played for many years.

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