Melbourne comedian Eurydice Dixon sent a chilling message to her friend saying she was almost home safely, moments before she was allegedly raped and killed.
The 22-year-old’s body was found by a passer-by on a Carlton North soccer field early on Wednesday morning, just hours after she performed to a “packed room” at the Highlander Bar in the city.
Devastated family and friends described her as a courageous comedian with a kind soul.
She had just finished a successful stand-up show in the city on Tuesday night about 10.30, before she and her friend Tony Magnuson went to a supermarket to buy something to eat, The Age reported.
From there, Ms Dixon decided to walk seven kilometres to her home where she lived with her father and 16-year-old brother, just 900 metres from where she was found dead. Her mother had passed away when Ms Dixon was just 11 years old.
“She was on top of the world because her gig went so well,” Mr Magnuson said, The Age reported.
“She gave me a hug, blew me a kiss and said she was going for a walk.”
He received a Facebook message from Ms Dixon around midnight saying: “I’m almost home safe, HBU [how about you]”. But sadly, she never made it.
Police believe 19-year-old Jaymes Todd spotted Ms Dixon on the fringe of the city and followed her for much of the way home. They allege he raped and murdered her in Princes Park in Carlton North.
Todd appeared in court yesterday. His lawyer John Riordan said his client has autism and feared for his safety in custody. Todd has been remanded in custody and will return to court in October.