Vigil planned for Grace Millane

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A vigil is being planned in Queenstown to honour murdered English tourist Grace Millane.

A 26-year-old man was granted interim name suppression when he appeared in the Auckland District Court yesterday charged with her murder.

Miss Millane’s body was found in the Waitakere Ranges by police on Sunday, nine days after she was last seen.

Queenstown woman and English ex-pat Amanda Morris said she decided to organise a vigil because Queenstown is “such a tourist place”, and the tragedy would have hit close to home for many in the resort.

“It’s a parent’s worst nightmare,” she said.

“There are so many people here in Queenstown that are feeling it hard.”

The vigil will be held tonight from 7pm, in front of The Bath House.

Miss Morris said people should bring candles, flowers, or any other tributes they wanted to share.

Vigils are also being organised in other parts of the country, including Auckland and Wellington.

The man accused of Miss Millane’s murder was remanded him in custody without plea to the High Court on January 23.