Thousands Attend Princes Park Vigil For Eurydice Dixon
Princes Park became a place of "quiet reflection", as murdered comedian Eurydice Dixon is remembered at vigil.
What you need to know
- Thousands made their way to Princes Park to remember Eurydice Dixon.
- Event organisers intended for the event to be a time of "quiet reflection".
- Vigils have taken place around the country.
The life and death of Melbourne comedian Eurydice Dixon has been remembered at Princes Park on Monday night.
An estimated 20,000 people made their way to the inner Melbourne soccer pitch where the 22-year-old comedian's body was found last Wednesday.
Organiser Tiara Shafiq told the mourners the vigil allowed “time for everyone to grieve, celebrate and recognise her life, not just remember her death, even if we didn’t know her.”
Shafiq insisted, on the request of the Dixon family, it was not be a political event, but was to reflect on a young life lost.
“In the future we will look to take action. But tonight is a moment to reflect," she said.
At 6pm, Pitch 2 was plunged into darkness, as the lights were turned off -- just as it had been when Eurydice Dixon walked through last Tuesday night.
For twenty minutes, the thousands of mourners stood in silence as they were illuminated by candlelight.
Following the silence, a local choir sang a haunting rendition of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah to the emotional attendees.
Speaking to Ten Eyewitness News, a nearby resident who attended the vigil said the huge turnout would "hopefully help create change" and "deter" a tragedy like Dixon's death from happening again.
"I've got heaps of friends who walk home late at night, and they should be feel safe and not threatened," he said.
Vigil To Reclaim A Safe Space
The Facebook event page 'Reclaim Princes Park vigil' garnered nationwide attention, with more than 12,000 people saying they would attend the event.
The vigil intended to "create a space of quiet resistance"; event organisers have said it is not intended to be a platform for long speeches, but for people to "come together in quiet vigil for Eurydice."
"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," the page said.
"We all should be able to walk home, whenever we want, wherever we want, and assume we will make it home safe.
The community was left devastated on Monday morning, when the memorial for Dixon was vandalised with obscene drawings.
Vigils Held Around The Country
Vigils were also held around the country in Sydney, Adelaide, Ballarat, Bendigo and Albany.
The University of Sydney Women's Collective organised the Sydney vigil to take place at the Archibald Fountain in Hyde Park, to remember "all Victims of Gendered Violence."
Despite cold weather and incessant rain, hundreds made their way to Hyde Park to remember Eurydice Dixon and all victims of gendered violence.
Hundreds gathered in Ballarat for their own vigil to remember Eurydice Dixon, and protest against sexual violence against women.
South Australians gathered in Elder Park in Adelaide to pay their respects to Dixon, and to stand in solidarity against violence towards women.