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Mia's mother wants to be like her daughter

AAP logoAAP 30/08/2016 Evan Schwarten and Darren Cartwright

The mother of hostel murder victim Mia Ayliffe-Chung says her daughter only saw the good in people and she hopes to be more like her.

Rosie Ayliffe has arrived in Australia from the UK to collect the ashes of her Mia, 21, who was killed during a frenzied knife attack at a hostel south of Townsville.

Also fatally wounded during the attack at Home Hills was fellow Brit Tom Jackson, 30, who was stabbed numerous times while trying to save Mia.

Ms Ayliffe was accompanied to Australia by Mia's half sister Nicola Hawkridge-Chung.

"She (Mia) could see the good in everything and everyone. She was a special girl," Ms Ayliffe told Network Ten.

"A lot of people are dealing with grief because they have had direct contact with Mia and they loved her very much.

"She is with me anyway and I want to be more like she was."

Ms Hawkridge-Chung spoke highly of Mr Jackson for putting his life on the line to help Mia.

He was on life support for almost a week before he died on Tuesday.

"Not many have that level of bravery, to put themselves in that situation. Put themselves in harm's way," she said.

Ms Hawkridge-Chung said parts of the Koran would be read out during a service for Mia.

"Including all those religions is part of that service."

Frenchman Smail Ayad, 29, has been charged with Mia's murder and will be formally charged with Mr Jackson's murder at his next court appearance in Townsville on October 28.

It's alleged Ayad shouted out "Allahu Akbar" as he attacked Mia but police have said they had found no evidence the crime was terror related.

In the last few days, Ms Ayliffe has also started writing a blog for UK news website The Independent.

She recounted how she first learned of her daughter's horrific death and how she tried to get her Facebook page closed down before photographs could be taken from it.

"I started - to absolutely no avail - trying to get her Facebook profile closed down, because I suspected it could be pillaged for photos," she wrote.

"Before she left the UK this wouldn't have been a problem as she was careful about what she put on Facebook, but the youth culture in a city is different to that in a small-town environment like ours, and Mia's Facebook was getting a lot racier than I'd have liked."

Ms Ayliffe said she learned of Mia's death when police arrived on her doorstep but did not find out how she died until later.

"They (the police) knew very little apart from the fact that Mia was dead, and it was only when I phoned the consulate that I found out she had been attacked and killed. I was in shock for a long time."

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