Died 23rd August 2016
Mia Ayliffe-Chung (21), a British woman, originally from Wirksworth, Derbyshire, died on 23rd August 2016. She was stabbed to death at Shelley’s Backpackers Hostel in Home Hill, near Townsville, in Queensland, Australia. She was on a three month visit.
Smail Ayad (29), a French national, has been charged with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, one count of serious animal cruelty and twelve counts of serious assault. Several people were injured, but Ms Ayliffe-Chung was reported to be the primary target.
Ayad is reported to have shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the attack, but police have indicated this was not a terrorist attack. They suggest Ayad had made advances to Ms Ayliffe-Chung which she had rejected.
Tom Jackson (30) from Cheshire, was seriously injured while trying to save Ms Ayliffe-Chung, sustaining critical head injuries,
Mia Ayliffe-Chung went to Anthony Gell School in Wirksworth before going to Chesterfield College to study psychology and communication and culture. She later went to Buxton and Leek College to study childcare.
Her mother Rosie Ayliffe said “She was an outstanding friend to many, and dearly loved by the children of our community. Her feisty nature and strong sense of justice made Mia a beloved friend to her peers and to all who knew her.”
Paul Lovatt, head of pastoral care at Anthony Gell School, remembered her as “enriching the school environment”.
Note: This report was drawn from reports in the BBC and Daily Mail.