Tributes paid to Chesterfield student stabbed to death

Mia Ayliffe-Chung
Mia Ayliffe-Chung
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Tributes have been paid to a former Chesterfield students knifed to death while backpacking in Australia.

Mia Ayliffe-Chung, aged 21, who studied psychology and communication and culture at Chesterfield College, had just moved to north Queensland to work on a farm when she was murdered by a knife-wielding attacker.

She was nine days into a three-month trip.

A 29-year-old French man has been arrested over the death.

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Mia's mum, Rosie Ayliffe, described her daughter as an 'amazing young woman with an adventurous spirit'.

She 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.

"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.

"Mia was a rare person who saw beyond race creed and belief - she would always treat others with dignity, respect and kindness. Just seeing her outward appearance could not give you an inkling of how wonderful she was emotionally, socially and mentally.

"As a peaceful person, Mia had a huge respect for everybody. She would not want to be the reason for any hostilities caused by any misrepresentation of events."

Mia, from Wirksworth, Derbyshire, was described by ex-boyfriend, Jamison Stead, 23, as a 'beautiful soul'.

He said she had 'fallen in love' with Australia.