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Tribute to British backpacker Mia Ayliffe-Chung murdered in Queensland hostel

By Alexander Britton

The mother of 21-year-old Mia Ayliffe-Chung who was stabbed to death at an Australian backpackers' hostel has paid tribute to an "amazing young woman with an adventurous spirit".

Miss Ayliffe-Chung was killed by an attacker shouting "Allahu Akbar" at the Shelley's Backpackers accommodation in the Home Hill area of Queensland on Tuesday night.

The suspected attacker, a 29-year-old French man, also left Tom Jackson (30) fighting for his life.

Mia's mother Rosie Ayliffe said: "My beloved daughter Mia was an amazing young woman with an adventurous spirit. Not only was she kind and funny, she was clever, sassy with a sense of fun.

"Mia was full of the kind of open-minded compassion for life that you don't see that often. It felt as though she was reminding us all of the beauty and possibilities we each have and that we should live life to the full.

"She was always at one with herself, so whole. Above all else, she had a strong sense of right and wrong, and would always look after those she considered in need."

Miss Ayliffe-Chung, from Wirksworth, Derbyshire, was only days into a three-month trip to the country. She had been working as a waitress and with animals on a farm so she could extend her working holiday visa. She studied childcare at Buxton & Leek College before travelling to Bali and Australia.

The suspect was arrested and transferred to hospital for treatment for minor injuries, and was captured on police body-cams uttering the phrase "Allahu Akbar" - which means "God is Great" in Arabic.

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