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Australian Comedian Eurydice Dixon Is Raped And Murdered In Melbourne After Show, Teen Is Charged
Australian comedian Eurydice Dixon was walking home after a show when she was raped and killed in a park.
An Australian comedian was raped and murdered on her way home after a show in Melbourne last week, and a teenager has been charged for the killing.
Eurydice Dixon, 22, was found by a passerby in a field at the Princes Park sporting complex early Wednesday morning, according to ABC.net.au.
It was a walk home she'd made many times before.
Paramedics were called to the scene but Dixon could not be revived. Police think she was killed sometime between 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and 3 a.m. Wednesday.
Dixon had just performed at the Highlander Bar on Tuesday before she was killed.
"We are deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic news of the death of Eurydice Dixon," a post on the bar's Facebook page said. "She was a remarkable, talented, kind, unique and universally loved person and the entire staff are shattered and heartbroken. 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. RIP Eurydice."
Police have arrested and charged a man named Jaymes Todd, 19, with the rape and murder, according to the BBC. He turned himself in on Wednesday, after police released pictures of a person of interest.
Todd appeared in court on Thursday, and according to ABC.net.au, he sat still and kept his eyes closed for most of the hearing. His lawyer, John Riordan, said Todd was vulnerable in jail because he was young and also was diagnosed with autism.
Mourners gathered in Princes Park to mourn Dixon, leaving brightly colored flowers in a circle where she was found, according to The Age in Melbourne. Hundreds gathered Sunday night in silent mourning and lit candles. A makeshift memorial was later vandalized, CNN reported, and it is not clear by whom.
Dixon's last performance was captured on social media.
Many other performers expressed sorrow at her passing.