Content Warning: This piece discusses rape and murder.
A close friend of murder victim, Eurydice Dixon, has shared her last message sent to him when she was just moments away from returning home.
This morning, Victoria Police confirmed the identity of 22-year-old Dixon as the woman found dead on a football field at Princes Park in Carlton North on Wednesday.
The accused, 19-year-old Jaymes Todd, handed himself into a police station at Broadmeadows on Wednesday night. After appearing at the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday, Todd was charged with one count of rape and one count of murder. He will appear in court again on October 3.
Dixon had just finished a stand-up comedy show at the Highlander Bar in the city’s central district when she decided to head home at around 10:30PM.
Tony Magnuson was one of the last people to see Dixon alive as they said their goodbyes inside Flinders Street Station that same night.
Magnuson told The Age, “She was happy and content. She gave me a hug, blew me a kiss and said she was going for a walk. She was on top of the world because her gig went so well.”
“At 12am I got a message that said ‘I’m almost home safe, HBU.'”
Magnuson described Dixon as a “deep soul who never took herself too seriously”.
Staff at the Highlander Bar said in a statement on Facebook that they were “deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic news”.
“She was a remarkable, talented, kind, unique and universally loved person and the entire staff are shattered and heartbroken. Our heart goes out to her family, the comedy community and everyone else who knew and loved her. She will be remembered fondly and sadly missed. Rest In Peace Eurydice.”
Friends, members of the public, and the comedy community have shared their grief on Twitter:
My first stand up set when I was the same age as Eurydice Dixon, was about being afraid walking home at night. Making jokes about it was a way to feel slightly empowered instead of small and frightened. Mourning for this young comedian who was entitled to feel safe.
— Alex Lee (@alex_c_lee) June 14, 2018
I am absolutely shattered to hear of the despicable death of Eurydice Dixon. Our comedy community is like a family & this news is beyond heart breaking. My deepest condolences go to her family and friends. An important and funny voice has been extinguished. Vale Eurydice Dixon Jx pic.twitter.com/aqXAxISePW
— Julia Morris (@Ladyjmo) June 14, 2018
Shaken and shocked by the brutal and heartbreaking way a young, talented, kind and clearly funny girl has had her bright and hopeful life so violently cut short. My sincere condolences to her family and friends. Just unbelievable. What a world. Rest In Peace Eurydice Dixon ????
— Jane Kennedy (@Jane_L_Kennedy) June 14, 2018
Source: The Age
"I wanna walk through the park in the dark
Men are scared that women will laugh at them
I wanna walk through the park in the dark
Women are scared that men will kill them
I hold my keys
Between my fingers"
Vale Eurydice Dixon. I wish it wasn't like thishttps://t.co/24N1v9DQFT
— Eliza Berlage (@verbaliza) June 14, 2018