Family tribute to murdered student

Family tribute to murdered student

Aidan Brunger was stabbed to death in Borneo along with fellow student Neil Dalton

Neil Dalton died along with a fellow student after being stabbed to death in Borneo (Derbyshire Police/PA)

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The family of one of the two medical students stabbed to death in Borneo have spoken of their devastation at the "senseless" killing.

Relatives of Aidan Brunger paid tribute to a "wonderful" young man, saying the murder has "left a massive hole" in their lives.

They said they would remember him as Dr Brunger even though he was unable to complete his studies.

The 22-year-old, from Kent, was killed alongside fellow Newcastle University student Neil Dalton, from Ambergate, after a row in a bar while working at a hospital in Kuching on August 6.

Today Mr Brunger's family said in a statement: "Aidan's parents and family would like to acknowledge all the love and support that they have been shown following the untimely and senseless death of Aidan in Malaysia.

"The enormous outpouring of love towards Aidan since he died is a lasting testament to the strength of feeling that so many people had towards him.

"Aidan's family are extremely proud of him and devastated to lose such a funny, kind hearted, considerate and wonderful young man.

"These qualities and the precious memories they have of him have left a massive hole in their lives.

"He will always be remembered."

He was born in Hemel Hempstead and raised in Rainham, Kent, and excelled academically throughout his studies, the statement said, while he also had a great passion for sport and was a keen Newcastle United fan from a young age.

The family said: "Studying at university there allowed him to watch his beloved team.

"Aidan placed a great value on friendship and had a strong set of friends both in Kent and in Newcastle. Whilst at Newcastle he built an enduring and special relationship with his girlfriend Freja."

Mr Brunger had successfully completed four years of his course and was due to start on the next phase of his medical training in September.

The family went on: "When he died Aidan was working in Sarawak Hospital, Kuching, Borneo, as part of his medical degree and was looking forward to exploring South-East Asia with his friends.

"Aidan had thoroughly enjoyed his time in Borneo, and spoke often about how friendly and welcoming the Malaysian people were to him.

"In recognition of his achievements Newcastle University have awarded Aidan an Honorary MBBS degree.

"The family is so proud that, whilst he has been unable to complete his degree, he will be remembered as Dr Aidan Brunger."

Earlier this week the family of Mr Dalton, who was also 22, spoke of their disbelief and paid tribute to the "caring, thoughtful and witty young man".

Four local men have admitted the killings, according to Malaysian Police. A fifth man, aged 55, has also been arrested in connection with the incident.

A hearing into the deaths is due to be held at the Derby and South Derbyshire Coroner's Court on Monday.

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