Families ‘Devastated’ Over Thai Beach Killings

The families of two British tourists brutally killed on a Thai beach have paid tribute to their loved ones.

The semi-naked bodies of 23-year-old Hannah Witheridge, from Great Yarmouth, and 24-year-old David Miller, from Jersey, were discovered on the island of Koh Tao on Monday.

A bloodstained hoe, believed to be the murder weapon, was found nearby and police have now released a CCTV image of a suspect.

Ms Witheridge’s family said they were “utterly devastated”.

“Hannah was a beautiful, intelligent, loving young woman who poured joy into the lives of all who knew her,” they said in a statement.

“She was selfless and caring and made each and every day that little bit more wonderful.

“Our family are utterly devastated and shocked by what has happened to our beautiful Hannah. To lose her in the way that we have is beyond comprehension.

“We are heartbroken and no words can possibly describe how we feel.”

According to her Facebook page, Ms Witheridgebegan an MA in speech and language therapy at the University of Essex last year.

She met Mr Miller in Thailand.

Paying their own tribute, Mr Miller’s family said: “David was an artist by temperament, so talented. He had a creative eye that he carried with him through life and in his degree.

“He was hard-working, bright and conscientious, with everything to look forward to.

“David was very giving to his family and friends and we all adored him. He will be sorely, sorely missed.”

Mr Miller completed a civil and structural engineering degree at Leeds University this summer and had travelled to Thailand for a holiday following a scholarship in Australia.

Friends have paid tribute on social media.

Mr Miller’s girlfriend, Jessy Howorth, said: “My best friend and the love of my life. We were meant to have so much more time together but I’ll continue loving you everyday forever.”

Friend Sean McAnna wrote: “I loved you so f****** much, brother. I know you tried to save her. You are the most honourable guy I’ve ever met.

“From getting mauled by a honey badger, giving out sleeping bags to homeless people, to just partying like there’s no tomorrow. I will miss you terribly. I’m sorry I didn’t come out with you that night. Really my heart is breaking.”

A Facebook tribute page was set up in memory of Miss Witheridge.

Donna Liddle wrote: “RIP Hannah. My thoughts are with your family at this very sad time. Heaven has gained another beautiful angel.”

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16 September 2014 | 4:55 pm – Source: orange.co.uk

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