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Family pay tribute to murdered midwife

The family of Samantha Eastwood have released a tribute and graduation photo Photo: Family handout/Staffordshire Police

The family of murdered Samantha Eastwood have issued another tribute and thanked the public for their 'kind thoughts'.

They also spoke about how the 28-year-old had worked hard to achieve her dream of being a midwife, and released a photo of her on her graduation day.

The family tribute says:

From the age of twelve all Samantha wanted to be was a midwife. She had to work very hard to achieve her goal.

“Samantha may no longer be here but her memory and legacy will live on.

“Thank you to everyone for their kind thoughts for our family.”

– Family tribute
The 28-year-old was a midwife at Royal Stoke Hospital Credit: Staffordshire Police

Her body was found in a shallow grave in a rural area near Caverswall, Staffordshire, on Saturday – eight days after going missing.

Michael Stirling, 32, appeared at Stafford Crown Court on Wednesday charged with murdering the popular Royal Stoke Hospital worker.

Stirling, of Gratton Road, Bucknall, Stoke-on-Trent, is the brother-in-law of Miss Eastwood’s ex-fiance, John Peake, and is accused of murdering the midwife between July 26 and August 5 at Baddeley Green, Stoke.