Council workers cover up graffiti painted at the memorial site of murdered Melbourne comedian Eurydice Dixon. Picture: Ellen Smith/AAP
Council workers cover up graffiti painted at the memorial site of murdered Melbourne comedian Eurydice Dixon. Picture: Ellen Smith/AAP

Arrest over ‘offensive’ Eurydice graffiti

DETECTIVES have tracked down, arrested and charged a man over lewd graffiti at the site where Eurydice Dixon was killed.

Melbourne North Crime Investigation Unit detectives charged a 31-year-old man with criminal damage, offensive behaviour and mark offensive graffiti on Thursday after a memorial to the young Melbourne comic was vandalised.

The graffiti, labelled "offensive" by Victoria Police, was painted with white paint on the grass at Princes Park where the 22-year-old's body was found on June 13. It was pointing towards a growing memorial that included notes, bunches of flowers and candles.

It was quickly removed but white paint footprints leading away from the scene were discovered in the grass and on a nearby park bench.

Firefighters clean graffiti painted at the memorial site of murdered Melbourne comedian Eurydice Dixon. Picture: Ellen Smith/AAP
Firefighters clean graffiti painted at the memorial site of murdered Melbourne comedian Eurydice Dixon. Picture: Ellen Smith/AAP

The 31-year-old man from Bulleen, about 13km northeast of Melbourne, will face the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on August 10.

Ms Dixon was raped and murdered on her way home from a gig at the Highlander Bar in the Melbourne CBD on June 12. Her body was discovered in the middle of the park in Carlton North about 3am by a passer-by.

Jaymes Todd, 19, handed himself in to police on June 13 after CCTV footage was circulated by police. He was charged with one count of rape and one count of murder.

The teenager appeared briefly in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on June 14 and was remanded in custody ahead of his next appearance in October.

Ms Dixon was less than a kilometre from her home when she was killed. She texted her boyfriend: "I'm almost home safe, HBU [how about you]."

Hours earlier the childcare student performed in front of less than 20 people at the bar before deciding to walk home.

White paint footprints leading from the memorial for Eurydice Dixon in Princes Park. Picture: Tamsin Buchan
White paint footprints leading from the memorial for Eurydice Dixon in Princes Park. Picture: Tamsin Buchan

Her death was met with anger and sadness from Melburnians who turned out at a vigil in their thousands to pay their respects.

One heartbreaking image being shared on social media captured the strength in solidarity as some 15,000 people huddled around the makeshift memorial created in the days after Ms Dixon's death.

The images that flowed through social media moved hundreds of thousands more who weren't there, saying they were "heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time", showing the "best of humanity coming together to stand up against the worst of humanity".

The simple vigil lasted no more than an hour and included 30 minutes of quiet reflection as the lights on the soccer pitch at Carlton North were turned off.

Strangers wiped away tears as they placed candles at the memorial they've created covered with flowers and heartfelt notes.

Ms Dixon was farewelled by family and friends at a private funeral last week.

Eurydice Dixon’s death moved Melburnians who turned out in their thousands to remember her.
Eurydice Dixon’s death moved Melburnians who turned out in their thousands to remember her.

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