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Australia'They shared a passion for travel': Sean McKinnon's family remember 'gentle soul'

10:06  16 august  2019
10:06  16 august  2019 Source:   theage.com.au

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Sean McKinnon was doing what he loved - travelling and surfing with his fiancee Bianca Buckley - when he was killed by a gunman who broke into their campervan in New Zealand.

Mr McKinnon, 33, was remembered as a gentle soul who would never harm anyone, as his devastated family prepared to fly to New Zealand on Friday afternoon to bring him home.

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His killer, about whom police know very little, is still on the run.

A well-liked surfer and musician, Mr McKinnon grew up as one of six siblings in the small farming community of Nirranda, near Port Campbell in south-west Victoria.

His older sister Emmeline McKinnon described him as a loveable character who enjoyed travelling.

"He suffered from a bit of the old restless soul syndrome, he was a hard worker, a brilliant musician and an amazing surfer," she said.

Mr McKinnon and Ms Buckley had been sleeping in their campervan near the popular beach town of Raglan, south of Auckland, when tragedy struck early on Friday morning.

Ms Buckley, his Canadian-born fiancee, managed to escape and run for help.

The gunman drove the campervan for an hour, with Mr McKinnon's body still inside, before dumping it 80 kilometres away.

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'They shared a passion for travel': Sean McKinnon's family remember 'gentle soul'© AAP Image/Supplied via Facebook Sean McKinnon, 33, who was killed while sleeping in a campervan in Raglan, outside Hamilton, New Zealand. Mr McKinnon and Ms Buckley were engaged in 2017, according to an announcement on Facebook. His sister said they hadn't set a date to get married but were getting the most out of life before settling down.

The couple met while travelling in South America, she said.

"Bianca and Sean shared a passion for adventure and surfing and travel," Ms McKinnon said. "They both shared the same sort of values in life."

In between his overseas trips, Mr McKinnon worked as a project manager in construction and gas pipelines, his sister said.

He had played in a band with his brother. His Facebook page shows him with a restored Volkswagen Kombi.

Ms McKinnon said her brother was a very thoughtful person who spent his entire life helping people.

"He was always a one to give you a hug and tell you that he loved you," she said. "He was a very gentle sort of soul with a good sense of humour."

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Ms McKinnon said Sean's mother was heartbroken by the loss of her son.

"No parent wants to live to see their children pass away," she said.

"It's her worst nightmare."

Friend Joel Loving said he used to hang out and surf every weekend with Mr McKinnon when they were growing up in Nirranda and Port Campbell. He said he was a good surfer, although he had a funny style they used to refer to as "Sean's stance".

"He was more than a good bloke, he would help you out if you needed help," he said.

"He could light up the room with a saying or by doing something funny. He was always up for a good time. Very cheeky."

Corangamite shire councillor Simon Illingworth said the Port Campbell community would be gutted.

"I knew him for years through surfing. He's just an awesome bloke, cruisy, honest, give you the shirt off his back sort of bloke," he said.

"I've known him for years, a couple of decades. I'm just gutted for him and his family. He was such a nice bloke."

Mr Illingworth said Mr McKinnon was well known around the Port Campbell area.

"Seanny Mac was always a legend. He would do somersaults off the Port Campbell pier with the kids. He always had time for everyone," he said.

"He was just a lovely bloke, liked to joke around and the kids that knew him will be absolutely devastated."

Long-time friend Wayne Such said Mr McKinnon was a talented musician and a "genuine gentle man with a heart of gold".

Another friend Julian Smith said was a "lovable, knockabout Aussie guy" who loved his surfing.

"He loved to to surf big waves down the coast. He charged five metre waves," Mr Smith said.

Former senior CFMMEU official Shaun Reardon has known the McKinnon family for about 25 years. In later years, Mr McKinnon would play guitar at backyard functions at Mr Reardon’s home.

"Absolutely devastated," Mr Reardon tweeted on Friday afternoon.

"Sean and his family have been friends of mine for many years. What a waste of a beautiful young life. Rest In Peace brother."

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