Fellow students, family and friends have paid tribute to Leeds University student David Miller, one of the British tourists murdered in Thailand.
Mr Miller was discovered semi-naked on a beach in the divers’ paradise of Koh Tao yesterday, along with Hannah Witheridge, 23, from Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.
The 24-year-old had finished three years of a four-year masters degree in civil and structural engineering in Leeds in June and was due to return to the city shortly to complete the course.
In a statement released through the Foreign Office, his family said: “David was an artist by temperament, so talented. He had a creative eye that he carried with him through life and in his degree.
“He was hard-working, bright and conscientious, with everything to look forward to.
“David was very giving to his family and friends and we all adored him. He will be sorely, sorely missed.”
Mr Miller, who was on course to achieve a first-class degree, had left his family home in Jersey on July 18 to undertake a six-week work placement as part of a scholarship at a mining company in Australia before travelling on to Thailand for a break with a close friend.
He had been due to leave Thailand today, and was looking forward to spending more time travelling in south east Asia before returning home to complete his masters degree.
Before their deaths CCTV images captured Mr Miller and Miss Witheridge walking together hand-in-hand leaving a bar.
A bloodstained hoe, believed to be the murder weapon, was found near their bodies.
Police in Thailand have questioned migrant workers and visited hotels, bars, homes and businesses on the island.
A University of Leeds spokeswoman said: “Our thoughts are with David’s family and friends, and our support services are in place to help any students and staff through this difficult time.
“David had just completed his third year of civil and structural engineering and was about to start the fourth year of the MEng course. He was an excellent student and clearly had a promising career ahead of him.”
Meanwhile, tributes have mounted on social media.
Writing on Facebook, fellow Leeds student Ben McAndrew wrote: “Thank you for being in my life, words cannot describe the loss to humanity, I know that you will never be forgotten, as this wall shows you made a positive impact on a lot of peoples lives and you will continue to do so in wonderful memories.”
Niamh Doherty, who also attended the university, wrote: “You were a hilarious friend to have always smiling cheekily and with a good story to tell.”
Phil Bridge added: “Still can’t believe this horrible news. You were a great individual that I had the pleasure of knowing.”
The family of Miss Witheridge have described her as “a beautiful, intelligent, loving young woman who poured joy into the lives of all who knew her”.