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Eurydice Dixon was just metres from home when she sent her final text message.

In the early hours of Wednesday morning, Eurydice Dixon’s body was found on a Melbourne soccer field, between Royal Parade and Princes Park Drive at Carlton North.

On Thursday afternoon, a 19-year-old man was arrested for the rape and murder of the 22-year-old aspiring comedian.

On the night of her murder, just a few hundred metres from home, Eurydice Dixon sent her final message.

“I’m almost home safe, HBU [how about you],” she wrote.

The young comedian was on top of the world after performing a successful stand-up gig in the CBD.

But she would never make it home. Her body was found on a soccer pitch around 2.40am on Wednesday morning.

Police believe she sent the Facebook message just after midnight, as she walked through Princes Park in Carlton North.

Eurydice had made this journey home, safely, many times before.

Her close friend Tony Magnuson was one of the last people to see her alive. They left the Highlander Bar at 10.40pm on Tuesday night, grabbed some food, and then parted ways inside Flinders Street Station.

“She was happy and content. She gave me a hug, blew me a kiss and said she was going for a walk,” he told The Age.

“She was on top of the world because her gig went so well.

“At 12am I got a message that said ‘I’m almost home safe, HBU [how about you]’.

In the wake of the murder, police have been warning women to “take responsibility for your safety”.

“The message we would provide to all members of the community is to take responsibility for your safety,” North west division Superintendent David Clayton said.

“Make sure people know where you are and if you’ve got a mobile phone carry it and if you’ve got any concerns at all call police.”

It would appear that Eurydice Dixon, in texting a friend on her journey home, took that exact precaution.