ORIGINAL: A public memorial honouring 22-year-old Eurydice Dixon who was brutally raped and murdered in an inner-city park in Melbourne last week has been vandalized with offensive markings.
Police found the markings in Princes Park, drawn with white paint at around 4am this morning and firefighters were called to remove the paint.
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The low move comes ahead of a public vigil that will take place this evening, with 10,000 people expected to attend.
"It's a way of saying this is our park, and we feel safe here, this is our soccer pitch … this is our area," One of the organisers, Megan Bridger-Darling, told ABC. "And you can't take that away through fear."
Simultaneous park vigils will take place across the country.
"That is a beautiful way of showing just how much one person's life can ripple out and echo around the country," she added. "They're parents worried about their children, they're brothers and sisters worried about their families.
"What has happened has resonated with a lot of people."
On the night of her death, Eurydice had been heading home after performing a successful stand-up comedy gig, and was just 900 metres from her front door when she was attacked.
Moments before the attack she had texted her friend to let htem know she was almost home safe.
29-year-old Broadmeadows man, Jaymes Todd, has been charged with the rape and murder of Ms Dixon.
Dixon's friends and family have spoken out about her “engaging” and "fun" personality, as well as describing her troubling childhood that forced her to grow up far too son.
When she was just seven-years-old her mother had died from a heroin overdose and was riased by her political activist and lawyer father, Jeremy Dixon.
“She had a f**king hard time (growing up)," Dixon's friend, comedian Kieran Butler, told The Australian . "By her own admission, she was a strange sort of unit. And so she got bullied and she had a tough life at home. There’s been tragedy in her past."