Murdered British backpacker farewelled on the Gold Coast

British backpacker Mia Ayliffe-Chung has been farewelled at a private funeral service at the back of Nerang.

Friends and family travelled from the UK to attend the interfaith service at Coolibah Downs, which was organised by her mum Rosie.

The service included elements of Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism and a reading from the Koran.


Mia was stabbed to death at a backpackers hostel near Townsville on August 23, a Frenchman has been charged with her murder.

Fellow Brit Tom Jackson was also stabbed while trying to help Mia, and later died from his injuries.

Before Mia headed to North Queensland, she had been working at The Bedroom nightclub in Surfers Paradise.

But she left last month and had intended to spend three months working on farms to extend her holiday visa.

A fundraising effort for her family has so far raised more than $15,813.

A similar initiative for Mr Jackson’s relatives has raised more than $22,838.

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