Most speaking about the budding comedian don’t know her, had never met her and had likely never even heard her name before it anchored headlines and news bulletins around Australia this week.
But something about the 22-year-old’s rape and murder in Carlton North on Tuesday has prompted an outpouring on social media and beyond. There are those offering condolences, sympathising with her friends and loved ones, those who are angry at the perpetrator, furious over victim blaming, or simply frightened that this has happened near their own front doors.
But there are some who have managed to capture something bigger. Something about what this means for and/or to the wider community.
Below are just a few.
“I’m almost home safe, how about you?” This was the last text 22 year old Eurydice Dixon sent to her partner on the night she was raped and murdered just 900 metres from her own home. A hugely promising young comedian, with a unique take on life, and a love for it…gone in the most unspeakable circumstances. My heart goes out to her family and friends and the unimaginable heartbreak they must be going through… Rest in peace Eurydice. We are so so sorry that we failed you. #ripeurydice Words by Jane Gilmore.
(This message has been shared by several people over the past 24 hours or so, and has attracted thousands of reactions. But it wasn’t actually written in response to Eurydice’s murder. It was penned by writer Jane Gilmore in 2015 following the murder of Melbourne schoolgirl Masa Vukotic, who was raped and killed by a stranger in a Doncaster park.
Sadly, the sentiment still applies.)
When young men are tragically killed in one punch attacks an entire city has it’s nightlife shut down indefinitely. When a young woman is brutally raped and murdered women are told to ‘take responsibility for their own safety’.
— Elly Baxter (@ellybaxterpr) June 14, 2018