Friends have paid tribute to aspiring comic Eurydice Dixon who was killed on a Melbourne soccer field as she walked home from a gig.
The 22-year-old’s body was found by a passer-by in Princes Park at North Carlton about 3am Wednesday, hours after she had performed at the Highlander Bar in the CBD.
Her accused killer, Jaymes Todd, 19 of Broadmeadows, appeared in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Thursday charged with rape and murder.
“We are deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic news of the death of Eurydice Dixon. She was a remarkable, talented, kind, unique and universally loved person and the entire staff are shattered and heartbroken,” Highlander Bar said in a statement.
Comedian Chris Franklin posted to Facebook, saying the “Melbourne comedy community is grieving today. Eurydice was one of ours.”
“I worked with her over the last two festivals in Melbourne. All who can, in the comdey (sic) scene will be attending the Highlander gig next Tuesday to remember her,” he wrote.
The Comedy Women’s Association described Ms Dixon as “a unique and talented voice and will be very much missed”.
Comedian Julia Morris took to Twitter to express her shock.
“I am absolutely shattered to hear of the despicable death of Eurydice Dixon,” she wrote.
“An important and funny voice has been extinguished. Vale Eurydice Dixon.”
Supporters turned to GoFundMe to raise money to donate to Ms Dixon’s family, raising more than $21,000 by 9pm on Thursday and surpassing its $1500 goal.
Comedians including Cal Wilson, Anne Edmonds and Celia Pacquola are among those to have made pledges.
Todd has been remanded in custody to reappear in the same court on October 3.