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Tribute highlights family s anguish over Jill
A memorial site for murdered Brunswick woman Jill Meagher. Picture: AAP

Jill Meagher's family have posted a heartfelt tribute expressing their pain and anguish over the 29-year-old's death.

Ms Meagher was attacked while walking home from an inner-city Brunswick bar in the early hours of Saturday, September 22, and her body was later found in a shallow grave more than 50km away.

Her death inspired thousands to participate in a peace march, create makeshift memorials, and shower locations linked to the case with flowers.

The tribute posted on the Facebook page of Ms Meagher's mother, Edith McKeon, states: "It's hard to be apart from you. So many of our thoughts are with you.

"Each night when the world is quiet and still, your smile and the wonderful moments we have shared will crowd our minds and we will find missing you even harder.

"Though we can't be together for now, in our thoughts and memories you will be here with us.

"Looking ahead to that time when we can be with you again and play Frisbee."

The message is signed "Dad, Mum & Mike XXXXXXXX".

The tribute posted yesterday comes as the family prepare for her funeral in Melbourne on Friday.

The family plan to bring Ms Meagher's ashes home to WA after the private service and cremation.

A mass to celebrate her life will also be held in her hometown of Drogheda in Ireland on Friday.

The tribute came as social media giant Facebook finally removed several hate pages targeting the 41-year-old Melbourne man accused of raping and killing Ms Meagher, an ABC radio employee.

Police said the sites were removed by the US-based company after days of repeated requests from Victorian authorities.

"A number of sites have been taken down on our request, and we thank Facebook for that," a police spokeswoman said today.

Victoria Police had earlier feared vile content posted on six Facebook pages could jeopardise the Adrian Ernest Bayley's right to a fair trial.

One site had more than 44,000 likes and included posts that incited violence and shared details about the Coburg man's background.

But Facebook failed to quickly act on those police concerns.

"We've all got a social responsibility and Facebook is part of our community, and I would've thought it would only have been reasonable," Chief Commissioner Ken Lay said earlier this week.

Facebook could not be reached for an immediate comment today, but previously said it was committed to removing or restricting content that violated the company's policies or the law.

More than a half-dozen other Facebook hate pages are still online, however, though each page has only attracted a few hundred likes.

Bayley is being held in custody on a rape and murder charge for a committal mention on January 18.