Comedian Eurydice Dixon was heading home from a successful gig, which friends say had her in high spirits.
Moments before her death, Dixon pulled out her phone to let a friend know she was almost home.
“I’m almost home safe, HBU [how about you],” she messaged Tony Magnuson on Facebook just after midnight, News.com.au reports.
“She was happy and content. She gave me a hug, blew me a kiss and said she was going for a walk,” Mr Magnuson told Fairfax Media.
“She was on top of the world because her gig went so well.”
Members of the comedy community have been posting heartfelt messages about Dixon's devastating death to social media. "An important and funny voice has been extinguished," one person wrote. "Our comedy community is like a family and this news is beyond heartbreaking."
Dixon's body was found around 2:40am on Wednesday morning.
Jaymes Todd, 19, handed himself in at Broadmeadows police station that night. He appeared in court on Thursday charged with Dixon’s rape and murder.