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Last Updated: Friday, 18 January 2008, 14:38 GMT
Island community's shock at death
Karen Aim
Karen Aim had made many new friends on her travels
People in Orkney have been speaking of their shock after the "horrible" news of Karen Aim's murder in New Zealand.

She has been described as a sensible and level-headed person who had made many friends on her travels.

A friend of Karen Aim's family, John Muir, said everyone had been left devastated at her death.

And local minister Miriam Gross said the community was pulling together to support relatives at their time of need.

Mr Muir told BBC Scotland of the family: "The thing that's distressing them more than anything else is the fact her death has been murder.

"It's very difficult to come to terms with that.

"They are waiting for news of when Karen's body might be released."

'Quite helpless'

Rev Gross said: "Everybody is very shocked about it.

"This community is very good at holding together and people are calling them and bringing flowers and offering sympathy.

"We hope it will carry this family through this horrible situation."

Convener of Orkney Islands Council, Stephen Hagan, said: "The community is in absolute shock.

"It's devastating news for the whole community, it's a very small community, and people feel quite helpless.

"We have to recognise this is one of the most difficult situations anyone could find themselves in. Everybody's thoughts and prayers will be with them."



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