Comedian Eurydice Dixon's Tragic Final Text Before Murder
An aspiring comedian is being remembered for her kindness and promise in the comedy scene.
The young woman who was found dead on a soccer field in inner Melbourne on Wednesday has been identified as aspiring comedian Eurydice Dixon.
Dixon was reportedly on her way home from a sold-out performance at the Highlander Bar in Melbourne's CBD on Tuesday night.
According to reports, the 22-year-old left the venue shortly after 10.30pm. Police allege she was then attacked by a man between 11pm and 2am. Her body was found by a passer-by on a soccer pitch between Royal Parade and Princes Park Drive shortly before 3am.
She was almost home when she sent her final text.
She was a few hundred metres from home when she sent a Facebook message to Toby Magnuson, a friend she had just parted ways with at Flinders Street Station.
"I’m almost home safe, HBU [ how about you ]," she wrote.
Dixon was named on Thursday, just hours after police confirmed a 19-year-old man had been charged with one count of rape and one count of murder.
James Todd faced Melbourne's Magistrates Court on Thursday afternoon, where the court heard the 19-year-old has autism spectrum disorder and struggles in certain social environments.
The young comedian was an up-and-coming face in the Melbourne comedy scene, and friends have payed tribute to her "kind, gentle and quiet manner".
"Eurydice was a very unique character. She was a little alternative, a little eccentric and she always had something interesting to say," a fellow comedian told ten daily.
"She was also a lovely person...I know I always got a little happier when I saw Eurydice at a gig. It meant I had a friend there.
"The thing that stands out the most is her laugh. You wanted Eurydice at your gig. Her laugh was uninhibited, full of life, loud and cheerful and she was not shy about letting it out. It felt like you had double the audience members when she was there."
Comedian Julia Morris took to Twitter to express her shock and sadness.
"I am absolutely shattered to hear of the despicable death of Eurydice Dixon," she wrote.
"Our comedy community is like a family and 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."
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Director/CEO Susan Provan also released a statement following Dixon's death.
"Our hearts go out to the friends, family and loved ones of Eurydice Dixon," the statement said.
"It’s shocking to all of us that a promising young performer went to work and did not get home safely. We are deeply saddened by this awful news and send our love and thoughts to those close to her both in our comedy community and beyond."
Dixon's show, 'At Home, I Feel Like A Tourist', formed part of the comedy festival's Free Comedy lineup.
Meanwhile, a GOFUNDME page, set up by Luke Muller, has raised over $6,000 for Dixon's family.