Tributes flow for 'remarkable' young comedian killed in Melbourne park

 abc.net.au  6/15/2018 2:42:38 AM 

Updated June 15, 2018 12:46:03

Friends have gathered to remember aspiring comedian Eurydice Dixon, whose body was found on a soccer field in Melbourne's inner north, as a "talented, remarkable" woman.

Last night friends of Ms Dixon gathered at a regular comedy night at the Exford Hotel to pay tribute to the young comedian.

Others on social media remembered Ms Dixon, known as 'Ridi', as beautiful and clever, and someone who had a bright future in comedy.

Caili Christian from the Comedy Women's Association said Melbourne's comedy scene was in shock.

"Everyone's very shocked and saddened by what's happened. Nobody knows how to deal with it," she said.

Ms Christian said many comedy gigs were cancelled on Thursday night.

"Most people weren't feeling terribly funny," she said.

After performing a comedy gig in the city on Tuesday night, Ms Dixon decided to walk home.

Her body was found by a passer-by on a soccer field at the Princes Park sporting precinct, between Royal Parade and Princes Park Drive in Princes Hill, early on Wednesday morning.

Broadmeadows man Jaymes Todd, 19, was charged with rape and murder and appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

Comedians including Meshel Lawrie, Zoe Coombs Marr, Celia Pacquola and Anne Edmonds as well as Melbourne International Comedy Festival director Susan Provan were among those who donated via a fundraising page set up to raise money for Ms Dixon's family.

The campaign has so far raised more than $30,000.

Comedian Nicky Barry, who befriended Ms Dixon through the comedy circuit, described her as "an absolutely amazing young woman".

The young comedian was filmed just last week performing at Highlander Bar in Melbourne's CBD.

In a Facebook post, the Highlander Bar said it was "deeply shocked and saddened" by Ms Dixon's death.

"She was a remarkable, talented, kind, unique and universally loved person and the entire staff are shattered and heartbroken," the post said.

"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."

'We should be able to get home safely'

Many people took to social media to express their shock over Ms Dixon's death, saying women should not feel unsafe walking home.

A "reclaim the park" vigil has been organised in Princes Park on Monday to honour Ms Dixon.

"She should have been able to walk home safely from work without being followed and harmed in such a cruel way," the group behind the vigil said on Facebook.

"We all should be able to walk home, whenever we want, wherever we want, and assume we will make it home safe.

"Princes Park is a beautiful place, a wonderful space for the community to enjoy."

Flowers and candles were placed at Princes Park where Ms Dixon's body was found.

Mr Todd is due to reappear in court in October.

Topics: murder-and-manslaughter, crime, law-crime-and-justice, melbourne-3000, vic, carlton-north-3054

First posted June 15, 2018 07:17:12

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