Candlelit vigil honours murdered Eurydice Dixon | Thousands gather to reclaim the park where comedian died

Candlelit vigil honours murdered Eurydice Dixon

Thousands gather to reclaim the park where comedian died

Thousands of people gave gathered for a candlelit vigil for the comedian Eurydice Dixon, who was killed walking home from a gig in Melbourne.

The tribute came hours after vandals attacked a makeshift memorial to the 22-year-old in Prince's Park, with offensive graffiti sprayed next to flowers that mourners had left.

Huge crowds gathered in the park as the sun went down on Monday night, ot just in tribute but reflecting the widespread anger at the shocking death, and sparking a debate about safety in the street.

Organisers of the Reclaim Princes Park vigil wrote on Facebook: 'We all should be able to walk home, whenever we want, wherever we want, and assume we will make it home safe. It is not up to us [women] to keep ourselves safe when we know it's up to men to choose not to inflict violence upon us.'

In the wake of her death, a police message that warned women to 'be aware of your surroundings' was widely criticised for being akin to victim-blaming.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called for a cultural change to make public spaces safe. 'Women must be safe everywhere. On the street, walking though a park, in their homes, at work', he told Parliament

Pictures posted on social media show the size of the crowds reclaiming the park tonight.

Similar vigils are being held in Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Hobart, while a crowdfunding campaign has raised almost £40,000 for Eurydice Dixon's family.

A 19-year-old man has been charged with her rape and murder on Tuesday night, hours after she had performed stand-up at the Highlander Bar in Melbourne's city centre. Jaymes Todd has been remanded to reappear in court in October.

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Published: 18 Jun 2018

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