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Hundreds attend Brisbane memorial for South Korean murder victim

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Mourners gathered at Wickham Park in Brisbane’s CBD, where the body of 22-year-old Eunji Ban was found early on Sunday morning.

Police allege she was bashed to death while walking to work as a hotel cleaner.

They have charged 19-year-old Alex Reuben McEwan with her murder, after receiving a tip-off from three of his friends.

The Korean Society of Queensland invited Brisbane residents to an Afternoon of Remembrance today.

Tenny Kyungtai Kim from the Korean Society told the mourners Ms Ban had only recently arrived in Queensland to study English.

“Her kind, loving spirit embraces us here today and will continue to live on in our hearts,” he said.

“It is all too tragic that she is no longer with us today.”

Lesley Richardson was Ms Ban’s English teacher and described her young student as gentle and beautiful.

“This has affected everybody, not just people who knew her but everybody is outraged and just stricken at the horror of this event,” she said.

Fellow Korean student Sunny Kim says her whole community is still in shock.

“My feeling is too sad, she’s just too young,” she said.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says Ms Ban was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“To Eunji’s family, I simply say that the city of Brisbane and its people grieve with you,” he said.

Ms Ban’s father and uncle arrived in Brisbane yesterday but did not attend the memorial service.

Premier Campbell Newman met with Ms Ban’s family members yesterday afternoon.

He says Government staff are working to assist the family.