Eunji Ban's family thank police for tireless work

Murder victim Eunji Ban was found in a Brisbane park early Sunday morning.
Murder victim Eunji Ban was found in a Brisbane park early Sunday morning.

THE distraught family of murdered Korean woman Eunji Ban have thanked the Queensland Police Service for their tireless work in capturing her alleged killer.

Ms Ban's father Hyeonggyu Ban and her uncle Seongkyu Ban said through an interpreter today Eunji was "larger than life."

Mr Ban said his daughter was his "hope and his life" and he said their loss "could not be described".

He went on to thank Queenslanders for their outpouring of support and hoped his daughter's death was not in vain

Ms Ban, 22, was brutally murdered in the early hours of Sunday morning as she made her way into work at the Transcontinental Hotel in the CBD where she worked as a cleaner.

A passer-by found Ms Ban's badly beaten body dumped under a tree in Wickham Park on Albert St a short time later.

Her alleged murder has shocked the state and made headlines around the world.

A memorial service was held on Wednesday at the base of the stairs leading to the park where Ms Ban's body was found.

More than 1000 people attended the hour-long service.

Former Ipswich teen Alex Reuben McEwan, 19, faced Brisbane Magistrates Court on Tuesday charged with her murder.

It is understood the break through in the short investigation came after police received a tip-off from three of McEwan's friends.

Police will allege McEwan went out on Sunday morning with the express purpose of killing someone and Ms Ban was the first person to cross his path.

In a cruel twist of fate, it is believed Ms Ban had overslept and was running 30 minutes late for work when her path crossed with her alleged killer.

McEwan is due back in court again on December 16.

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