Tutors pay tribute to killed woman

ALICIA MCCALLION: The 23-year-old was found dead at her home in Papakura.
ALICIA MCCALLION: The 23-year-old was found dead at her home in Papakura.

Former tutors of a 23-year-old South Auckland woman found dead in her bedroom say they have lost a member of their family.

Yesterday police confirmed Alicia Jordana McCallion was killed with a sharp weapon, which they had yet to find. Neither did they have a suspect in mind.

She was found by family members at 7.30am on Wednesday in a sleepout adjoining their home on Cotton Pl, Papakura. The last time they saw her alive was 8.30pm the previous night.

"The female has sustained injuries that are likely to have been caused by a sharp weapon which has not been located,'' Detective Inspector Mark Gutry said.

He urged neighbours to scour their properties for any foreign objects.

Police have cordoned off the McCallion property as well as a long driveway to an address on Opaheke Dr, which backs on to it.

Gutry said there was more than one entrance to the property, which the victim shared with her parents and older brother, but underlined they were not dealing with a secondary crime scene.

McCallion, a former Rosehill College student, attended hairdressing school the Cutabove Academy for two years and passed with excellence.

Rosemarie Darby, in charge of student welfare, said staff heard about the tragedy yesterday afternoon.

"We're all very sad. Our students become like a family," she said.
"She was absolutely perfect. She looked the part, acted the part and she had the skills."

Academy owner Gael Thompson said McCallion went the extra mile during her studies and staff had been "gobsmacked" to hear what happened.

"It's a very, very tragic event," she said.

A team of 25 police officers is working on the case and so far have spoken to about 15 family members and friends.

McCallion's ex-boyfriend Karl Eddy had been spoken to and Gutry said he had been cooperative.

"No one [spoken to] has stood out more than anyone else," he said.

Eddy posted on his Facebook page on Tuesday: "why do most women all ways do this to me i work hard trust a women neva hit a women i run around after them but still not gud enuf even after my kids got atach to her as well [sic]."

Meanwhile, McCallion's own page has been flooded with tributes as news spread of her death.

"RIP will miss you heaps I agree with everyone you were taken way to soon you were such a amazing person full of life and I really hope they find who did this will miss you so much my heart goes out to your family. And everyone that got a chance to know you I hope you are in a better place now," Ashleigh Griffin said.

Andrew Harries wrote: "Taken to soon hope the police get the person quickly."

Police want members of the public to call 09 261 1300 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 if they saw or heard anything in relation to McCallion's death and are especially interested in any activity around Cotton Pl between 8pm Tuesday and 8am on Wednesday.

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