A funeral for the young traveller, who had been planning to return to the UK, will be held within days.
A funeral for the young traveller, who had been planning to return to the UK, will be held within days.

Backpacker’s parents collect woman slain in NSW from plane

THE body of a British backpacker found dead in an horrific murder-suicide in Australia has been repatriated back to the UK.

Instead of welcoming their daughter home, the devastated parents of Amelia Blake met her coffin at Manchester Airport after the 24-hour flight home from Sydney, The Sun reports.

Builder Chris and secretary Sharon were "beside themselves with grief" as they endured the painful ordeal, said a family friend.

Amelia, 22, whose parents previously paid tribute to her as "a beautiful girl" who will be "truly missed", died nearly three weeks ago on January 12.

She was found dead in a suspected murder-suicide by an obsessed Nepalese boyfriend who was furious she was leaving the country.

The popular former student, who had been travelling in Oz for eight months, had been planning to leave the country in the New Year to visit Thailand before coming home.

The family friend said: "Amelia's body was repatriated this afternoon at about 4pm. Her parents were at Manchester airport. There were heartbreaking scenes.

British backpacker Amelia Blake was found dead in a Sydney apartment last month. Picture: Instagram
British backpacker Amelia Blake was found dead in a Sydney apartment last month. Picture: Instagram

"Instead of greeting their beaming daughter at the end of her months-long adventure they were confronted with her coffin. It is unimaginable.

"Amelia had been fulfilling her dream of travelling the world before settling down to a career and she had decided to come home in a matter of weeks before her life was brutally and cruelly cut short."

Amelia's parents and younger sister Lola, 20, from Loughborough, Leicestershire, were too distraught to travel to Sydney to bring her body home.

Amelia's body had been found heavily wounded in her partner's Sydney apartment and she had suffered appalling head injuries.

Brazil Gurung, 33, described by friends as "a weirdo" had become infatuated with her and had demanded money from her to fund his drug habit.

Police believe he killed Amelia before taking his own life. A landlord discovered their bodies in a flat above a Persian restaurant

Her funeral is expected to be held within days.

The mother of Amelia's best friend told how she'd been "so looking forward" to seeing her family on her planned return home.

Her parents Sharon and Chris were ‘beside themselves with grief’ as they met her coffin after the 24-hour flight. Picture: Facebook
Her parents Sharon and Chris were ‘beside themselves with grief’ as they met her coffin after the 24-hour flight. Picture: Facebook

After nearly a year enjoying her passion for travelling, the former Loughborough College psychology student had decided to come home to her close-knit family and friends.

The local friend's mum said: "She was coming home. But she made the wrong decision with her choice of friend. He wasn't even a boyfriend, just a mate she worked with and hung out with but heartbreakingly it cost her her life. She was unlucky. Her parents are absolutely devastated."

In a statement released by the Foreign Office after her death, Amelia's family 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 epitomising her love for Australia.

The adventure-seeker and her suspected killer 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.

Amelia had been "desperate to go off travelling and see the world," her neighbour Jemma Bagley said.

She added: "She used to have a boyfriend here but they split up when she went off travelling last spring.

Amelia’s parents and younger sister Lola, 20, were too distraught to travel to Sydney to bring her body home.
Amelia’s parents and younger sister Lola, 20, were too distraught to travel to Sydney to bring her body home.

"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."

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.

Another neighbour told how Amelia had been working at an optician 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. It is truly devastating and our hearts go out to them."

Tributes have been flooding 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 friend, 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."

The Foreign Office refused to discuss Amelia repatriation to the UK.

A spokesperson said: "We are unable to provide details on repatriation as this process is undertaken privately by the deceased's next of kin, typically in conjunction with their insurance provider or funeral director."

The article originally appeared in The Sun and is republished here with permission.

The body of the 22-year-old, pictured with her close friend Rhys James Collington, has just been repatriated to Manchester Airport. Picture: Facebook
The body of the 22-year-old, pictured with her close friend Rhys James Collington, has just been repatriated to Manchester Airport. Picture: Facebook

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