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Family shocked and saddened by death of British woman in Sydney

Amelia Blake was murdered in Sydney last Friday Credit: BPM Media

The family of a woman from Loughborough who was the victim of a suspected murder-suicide have said they are "deeply shocked and saddened" by her death.

22-year-old Amelia Blake was found in the Newtown suburb of Sydney last Friday.

New South Wales Police Force said a man in his 30s was also found dead in the flat, which is above a restaurant on a road lined with bars and shops.

According to reports the pair were a couple who had lived in the flat for several months.

In a statement issued through the Foreign Office, the family of the 22-year-old 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.

– The family of Amelia Blake

Emergency services were called to the scene three miles south-west of the city centre at around 5.30pm last Friday after concerns were raised for the welfare of a man and a woman at the property.

Police attended and discovered the bodies of a woman, aged in her 20s, and a man, aged in his 30s.

Police said they were investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths.

A police source told the Press Association the woman is thought to have been the victim of a murder-suicide.

Amelia Blake was a student with Loughborough College from 2012 to 2013 and studied A-levels in Psychology and Sociology.

Amelia was a a well-loved student - a lovely, personable girl who was very sociable with lots of friends. Our sympathies are with Amelia’s family and friends at this difficult time.

– Spokesperson for Loughborough College

Amelia also worked at the Vision Express store in Loughborough.

We are shocked and saddened at the tragic news of Amelia’s death and our thoughts are with her family at this very sad time. Amelia was an asset to our team and will be remembered with great fondness by everyone who worked with her.

– Jay Ghadiali, Vision Express Professional Services Director & Loughborough Store Director