The heartbroken parents of a British backpacker found dead in an horrific murder-suicide in Australia have paid tribute to her as ‘a beautiful girl’ who will be ‘truly missed.’
Tragic Amelia Blake, 22, died whilst fulfilling her dream of travelling the world before settling down to a career.
Her devastated parents builder Chris and secretary Sharon and younger sister Lola, 20, are being comforted by relatives at the family home in Loughborough, Leicestershire.
In a statement released today by the Foreign Office, they said: ‘We are deeply shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of our much loved daughter and sister Amelia, who will be truly missed by all who knew her.
‘We would like to thank everyone for the love and support shown to our family.
‘As we try to come to terms with losing our beautiful girl, we would very much appreciate privacy at this extremely difficult time.’
They released a favourite recent photo of Amelia cuddling a koala bear.
It is not known when they are planning to fly to Sydney to visit the crime scene and repatriate her body.
Amelia, thought to be an ex graduate, had split up with her boyfriend in the UK to go travelling to Oz eight months ago, her neighbour revealed.
She’d recently met a new Nepalese partner in Sydney who had become infatuated with her, apparently stalked her and demanded money from her. Work pals described him as a ‘weirdo.’
Amelia was found dead last Friday in her 33-year-old boyfriend Brazil Gurung’s Sydney apartment. Her body was heavily wounded and she had suffered appalling head injuries.
Police believe he killed Amelia before taking his own life. A landlord discovered their bodies in a flat above a Persian restaurant
They had met at popular eaterie Fogo Brazilia Churrasco where she was working as waitress to help pay for her travels and he had a job as a chef.
Local reports suggest Amelia – who had previously worked at a farm in Colignan, Victoria – was planning on leaving the country in the coming weeks to visit another overseas destination.
Amelia had been ‘desperate to go off travelling and see the world,’ neighbour Jemma Bagley said.
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline she said: ‘She used to have a boyfriend here but they split up when she went off travelling last spring.
‘She had wanderlust and wanted to get it out of her system before settling down or getting struck into a career.
‘She was a lovely, bright girl and this is such a terrible shock. I’ve seen lots of people visiting her parents house with flowers over the past few days and just assumed someone may be ill in hospital.
‘I can’t believe this terrible news and haven’t told my two daughters yet.’
Amelia’s father works for William Davis, one of the Midlands’ leading house developers, while her mother is and secretary for a reputable scientific, research and development company.
They have lived in the same comfortable semi-detached house for at least 20 years.
Gemma added: ‘My husband and Chris talk motorbikes all the time and they chat walking the dogs.
‘They have a little rescue dog, a terrier. They’re a lovely family and this will be devastating for them.’
Amelia is understood to have gone to local Catholic schools the Sacred Heart and De Lisle before going onto University.
Another neighbour told how Amelia had been working locally to help fund her trip.
He said: ‘This is the most awful tragedy. I’ve known the family for a long time and losing Amelia, who was a very pleasant and delightful young lady, will be very difficult to cope with.
‘Her parents haven’t travelled to Australia. They’re at home trying to come to terms with their grief.
‘They’ve told close friends and neighbours what had happened. It is truly devastating and our hearts go out to them.’
Tributes have since flooded in for the young Brit with one friend writing: ‘In the short space of time that I knew Amelia, we hit it off straight away, became so close and great friends. I don’t think I’ll ever believe it and am in complete shock.’
Another close pal Rhys James Collington, said Ms Blake died while ‘living the dream travelling round Australia.’
He added: ‘She was a beautiful, kind woman with a big heart full of kindness.’
‘I don’t think I’ll ever believe it and am in complete shock. You will be so missed and in my thoughts forever,’ Mr Cartwright wrote in an online tribute
In Sydney, a neighbour told Daily Mail Australia he heard a ‘piercing scream’ at about 5pm on Friday afternoon.
‘I was sitting inside with my dogs and I heard this horrific piercing scream from over the lane,’ the man said.
‘I rushed outside but that was it and I didn’t think too much of it because there’s a lot of yelling and yahooing that goes on around here.
The bodies of Ms Blake and her boyfriend were discovered by their landlord who visited the small flat to collect his mail on Friday night
‘I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it,’ Ms Blake wrote on her Instagram page
The British woman’s body was reportedly riddled with injuries, including wounds to her head, The Daily Telegraph in Australia reported.
NSW Police Inspector Chad Deegenaars said the tragedy was being treated as a murder-suicide, but post-mortem results would confirm the causes of death.
Ms Blake is believed to have been in Australia for eight months before she was found dead.
She spent most of her time in Australia working on a farm at Colignan, near Mildura in Victoria’s north-west.
Mansell Farms owner Robert Mansell said he and Ms Blake’s former colleagues were ‘in shock’.
‘I’m getting messages from people who worked with her saying ”tell me it’s not true”,’ he told The Sydney Morning Herald.
‘She was just an absolutely lovely girl; a good worker, she had the smarts, she was organised, happy. Just a lovely girl.’
On her Instagram page, Ms Blake spoke fondly about her desire to travel.
‘I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it,’ she said.
Detectives have established Strike Force Tenisonwood to investigate the deaths.
They said the crime scene would be maintained until results from the post-mortem came back.
Neighbour Scott Haggarty said his heart stopped when the police told him his neighbours had been found dead.
He said the couple ‘looked happy’ when he saw them arrive home on Wednesday afternoon.
‘They kept to themselves. They just looked like a regular couple, I never heard an argument or anything,’ he told The Daily Telegraph.
Mr Haggarty said the pair moved into the flat about three months ago.
Another neighbour of the young couple, Jason You, said he heard a loud ‘boom’ about 5pm on Friday – shortly before the bodies were discovered.