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Hertfordshire hotel death: Future 'stolen' say family

Katie Locke in her graduation gown Image copyright Hertfordshire Police
Image caption Katie Locke's relatives have said they are "totally devastated" by her death

The family of a 23-year-old teacher found dead in a hotel on Christmas Eve has said they feel their "future has been stolen".

Katie Locke's body was found by police at Theobalds Park Hotel in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire.

Carl Langdell, 26, of the town's Roundmoor Drive, has been charged with her murder and was remanded in custody at Luton Crown Court on Tuesday.

Ms Locke, who was from Buckhurst Hill, Essex, "loved her job" said her family.

In a tribute, they said: "As a family we are distraught, in shock and totally devastated.

"There was not a bad bone in Katie's body.

"Katie worked hard and loved her job as a teacher. In what little spare time she had, she enjoyed sports.

"We now feel like our future has been stolen from us."

Mr Langdell is due to appear at St Albans Crown Court on 8 January.

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