Eurydice Dixon's Family Remember Her As A "Born Performer"
The 22-year-old had her life tragically and senselessly cut short this week.
Eurydice Dixon has been remembered by her family as a "born performer".
The 22-year-old Melbourne comedian had her life tragically and senselessly cut short on Tuesday night, when she was allegedly raped and murdered in Princes Park in Carlton North.
"She was blossoming," her great uncle, Eric, told 9News.
She had left the Highlander Bar in Melbourne around 10.40pm on Tuesday night with her partner Tony Magnuson, walking to get food before going their separate ways.
"She was happy and content. She gave me a hug, blew me a kiss and said she was going for a walk," Magnuson told The Age.
"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?'"
Friends remember Eurydice Dixon as kind, talented and loved
Friends and fellow comedians have remembered her as a funny, talented, beautiful person with a bright future ahead of her.
"Very kind and genuine, and an original voice," a fellow Melbourne comedian told ten daily (she didn't want to be named).
"She was quite shy but very, very nice, which was kind of cool because then she'd really shine on stage.
"You know when someone wants to have fun, so they have fun with their clothes. I don't really like the word "quirky", but that's fine, she was kind of quirky. Quirky clothes. Very kind and genuine, and an original voice. She had very original, honest, personal storytelling."
The Highlander Bar posted a message on Facebook that remembered her as "a remarkable, talented, kind, unique and universally loved person", who will be remembered fondly and sadly missed.
"The entire staff are shattered and heartbroken."
Community outrage after violent attack
Women are speaking out about advice given by Victoria Police that people should take responsibility for their safety.
"Make sure you have situational awareness, that you're aware of your surroundings," police said earlier this week. "If you've got a mobile phone, carry it, and if you've got any concerns, call the police."
Thousands of people are now asking the same question: why is the onus (again) on women to not be raped and murdered, rather than on men to not commit rape and murder?
"Every day, women are told how to behave, what to wear, and where to go for their safety, and I'm not sure we should be listening to every word of advice," said Lisa Wilkinson on The Project on Friday night.
Fighting back tears, she criticised the advice given by police to avoid parks or carry a mobile phone for safety.
"The problem with giving this advice is that it keeps that one woman safe at the expense of all women's right to move freely," she said.
"The best way to prevent this crime and keep all women safe isn't by changing the behaviour of women, but by changing the behaviour of men. This might upset some people but honestly, parents -- instead of telling our girls not to walk through parks, maybe we should be telling our boys not to rape them."
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews took to social media to address the outrage, stressing the need for men, not women, to change their behaviour.
"In a few days, women across Melbourne will gather in Princes Park for a vigil of her life. And they will do so firm in the knowledge that Eurydice died because of her attacker's decisions -- not because of her own," he said.
"They're right. And we need to accept that fact, too."
Many people are also sharing the words of Australian writer Jane Gilmore, who wrote about the conflicting advice given to women (and lack of advice given to men) in 2015.
"Women, if you want to be safe, stay at home. Except that you are more likely to be killed at home by someone who claims they love you, so don't stay at home. Make sure you don't have a boyfriend because he's the most likely person to kill you, but don't go out without your boyfriend because you need someone to protect you. Don't show too much skin or laugh too loud or dance too much but come on love give us a smile. Carry your keys and your phone at all times and make sure you run far enough to burn off all those calories but don't do it in public and for gods sake don't run in shorts, that's just asking for trouble. Public transport is dangerous, but so are taxis and walking and driving on your own and did I mention that staying at home is really risky, so don't do any of those things and you'll be fine.
"Men, just carry on as you were, this is not your problem."
Candlelit vigil to be held in memory of Eurydice
A public vigil will be held at Princes Park on Monday evening, to "reclaim the park" and honour the late comedian.
"She should have been able to walk home safely from work without being followed and harmed in such a cruel way," the Facebook event reads.
"We all should be able to walk home, whenever we want, wherever we want, and assume we will make it home safe.
"Our bodies are not there for taking. It is not up to us to keep ourselves safe when we know it’s up to men to choose not to inflict violence upon us."
Over 8,000 people have already indicated that they'll be attending, with sister vigils already planned in Perth, Canberra and Adelaide.
A GoFundMe account has raised over $58,000 for Eurydice's family, with a large portion intending to be donated to the charities that she supported.
A tribute is growing at the place where Eurydice's body was found, with flowers and messages being left.
On Saturday, local football teams due to play at Princes Park held a moment of silence for Eurydice, linking arms as they stood around the growing tribute.
"Let's start to show women the respect they deserve, fellas," said one of players.
Eurydice's final comedy gig shared her anxieties
People are sharing footage of Eurydice's final stand-up performance, delivered hours before her death.
"Beautiful, clever, funny Eurydice Dixon at her gig at Highlander last Tuesday," said Paula Ferrari on Twitter.
Her stand-up bit talked about the anxieties and worries she faced every day.
"I have a tendency to worry a lot... about things that I shouldn't worry about," she told the audience. "Sometimes I worry I'm going to end up in a slave society." The crowd laughed. "You know, just girly things."
A 19-year-old man has been charged with rape and murder
Jaymes Todd, 19, of Broadmeadows, was arrested on Wednesday night. He has been charged with rape and murder, and will face court on October 3.