Australian comedians are mourning a young woman found dead in a Melbourne park.
Eurydice Dixon, 22, was found by a passer-by on a soccer pitch in Carlton North, in Melbourne’s inner-city, about 2.40am on Wednesday.
Comedian Julia Morris posted a photo of Ms Dixon on Instagram, saying she is “absolutely shattered” to hear of the 22-year-old’s death.
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
“Our comedy community is like a family [and] this news is beyond heart breaking. My deepest condolences go to her family and friends,” Morris wrote.
“An important and funny voice has been extinguished. Vale Eurydice Dixon.”
Ms Dixon was reportedly on her way home from a bar after performing a show when she was allegedly attacked.
Comedian Meshel Laurie tweeted Ms Dixon’s death was a reminder of the dangers many women faced.
“When I was a 22-year-old comedian, I constantly walked home alone from gigs in the middle of the night because I couldn’t afford tram fare, let alone taxis,” she tweeted.
“Should we allow murderous rapists and poverty to ensure we’re locked inside for our entire lives?”
Rest in peace Eurydice Dixon. Senselessly killed in my neighbourhood – one I love so much. Every woman should be safe walking home alone at any time of day or night. Senseless and heartbreaking. Sending love to her family and friends.
— ash london (@ash_london) June 14, 2018
There is a hole in the heart of comedy today. Eurydice Dixon was a wonderful young woman and a very funny comic, loved by many. She’s been cruelly taken from us in the most dreadful way. If you can, please support this fund to help her family. https://t.co/WmMLWH2xPM
— Ben Pobjie (@benpobjie) June 14, 2018
Radio star Ash London echoed Laurie’s sentiments in a tweet, saying, “every woman should be safe walking home alone at any time of day or night”.
She added Ms Dixon’s death was “senseless and heartbreaking”.
Columnist Clementine Ford tweeted her condolences adding, “The air is heavy today”, while comedian Dave Hughes described Ms Dixon as “talented and brave”.
Fellow comedian Ben Pobjie took to Twitter to send his condolences and tweeted there was a “hole in the heart” of comedy.
“Eurydice Dixon was a wonderful young woman and a very funny comic, loved by many,” he tweeted.
“She’s been cruelly taken from us in the most dreadful way.”
Celebrity veterinarian and TV host Chris Brown added the news was “so sad”.
Former Home And Away and Blue Heelers star Debra Lawrance said Ms Dixon’s death was “too appalling to think about”.
Ms Dixon had previously performed during the Melbourne Comedy Festival.
The festival tweeted: “It’s shocking that a promising performer went to work and didn’t get home safely”.
“We’re deeply saddened by this awful news and send love to all close to her.”
A GoFundMe page has been launched to raise money for Ms Dixon’s family and so far has raised more than $14,000.
Our hearts go out to the friends, family and loved ones of Eurydice Dixon. It’s shocking that a promising performer went to work and didn’t get home safely. We’re deeply saddened by this awful news and send love to all close to her. https://t.co/Z6ZHGmjl3e
— MelbourneComedyFest (@micomfestival) June 14, 2018