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Family's tribute to hero Brit backpacker

AAP logoAAP 30/08/2016 Darren Cartwright

Liv Jackson, the sister of heroic British backpacker Tom Jackson, has asked everyone to remember her big brother as a friend and not as a victim.

Jackson, 30, died in Townsville Hospital on Tuesday, almost a week after he was stabbed in the face, head and torso while trying to save fellow Brit Mia Ayliffe-Chung.

She was killed during the frenzied attack at a Home Hill hostel, about 100km south of Townsville, last Tuesday night.

Liv Jackson is in Australia and says she bade farewell to her "wonderful" brother with the "heaviest of hearts" in Townsville.

"There is nothing in this world that can prepare you for the pain and heartbreak of losing a sibling and a friend, but there is great comfort in knowing that he was mine," Liv wrote on her Facebook page on Tuesday.

"To everyone back home and to everyone here in Australia there are literally not enough words to thank you for your support and beautifully kind words to my family at this time.

"All that I ask is that you don't remember Tom as a victim. You remember him as a friend, cherish the memories you had together and be thankful you got to meet him and be part of the joy that he brought to this world.

"Indescribably proud of everything you accomplished and the lives you touched. I will love you always and forever TJ, your little sister, Lou."

Tom's father Les says the world is a poorer place following the death of his son.

Mr Jackson, who is also in Australia, thanked everyone for their support on a crowd funding page set up by a family friend to assist the Jackson's.

"We are bereft. Our darling Tom has left us and the world is a poorer place. Thanks again everyone for the love and support you have given s over the last few days, we will be forever grateful," he wrote.

Brit Shoshana Palatnik set up a crowd funding page on You Caring with the aim of raising Stg10,000 ($A17,330) to help support Tom Jackson's family. So far Stg3345 has been pledged.

Police say they will upgrade an attempted murder charge against Frenchman Smail Ayad to murder at his next court appearance in Townsville on October 28.

Ayad was charged with Ms Ayliffe-Chung's murder last week as well as the attempted murder of Mr Jackson and another man, plus 12 counts of assault against police officers and one count of animal cruelty for killing a dog.

Ms Ayliffe-Chung's mother Rosie is also preparing to come to Australia to collect her daughter's body.

She plans to have her ashes spread across the world so her daughter can reach the places she will never be able to visit.

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