In a heartbreaking statement following the verdict on the case of their daughter's murder, Grace Millane's parents called her their "sunshine".

"Grace was a beautiful, talented, loving daughter. Grace was our sunshine and she will be missed forever," her father, David Millane, said, through tears, outside court in Auckland yesterday.

"She did not deserve to be murdered in such a barbaric way on her OE year."

In an act of love and solidarity, social media users around the world have started a movement, sharing photos of sunshines to honour Grace's memory.

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Several tweets with images of sunrises and sunsets have been shared over the past few hours in honour of the British backpacker.

Grace Millane's killer was yesterday found guilty of her murder.

The jury reached the unanimous verdict in less than six hours.

The murderer, 27, looked distraught. He can not be named for legal reasons. He is due to be sentenced on February 21.

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