‘HURT AND SHAME’

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Offers Tearful Apology to Murdered Tourist’s Family

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has offered a tearful apology to the family of 22-year-old British tourist Grace Millane, who was murdered during a backpacking trip to the country. A 26-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder. Millane disappeared in Auckland on Dec. 1 and police found a body Sunday. At a news conference Monday, Ardern fought back tears as she described the “overwhelming sense of hurt and shame that this has happened in our country.” The prime minister went on: “On behalf on New Zealand, I want to apologize to Grace’s family... Your daughter should have been safe here, and she wasn’t, and I’m sorry for that.” Declan Millane, Grace’s brother, shared a collection of photographs of his sister online, alongside the lyrics of “You Are My Sunshine.” The University of Lincoln, where Millane graduated this year, paid tribute and said its community was “deeply saddened.”