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'Almost home': Melbourne comedian's tragic last message

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Jaymes Todd has been charged in the death of comedian Eurydice Dixon whose body was found in a Melbourne park.

Comedian Eurydice Dixon texted her partner of four months just after midnight to let him know she was nearly home. 

"I’m almost home safe, HBU [how about you]," she wrote to Tony Magnuson, according to The Herald Sun, after performing at Melbourne venue Highlander Bar on Tuesday night.

But the 22-year-old never made it to her nearby apartment, her body found on a sports field about 2.40am Wednesday.

As tributes poured in for the talented comedian, her accused killer - 19-year-old Jaymes Todd - faced court charged with one count each of rape and murder.

Todd's lawyer told Melbourne Magistrate's Court the accused suffers from Autism Spectrum Disorder and is socially regressive. 

Todd, who did not know Ms Dixon, didn't apply for bail and was remanded in custody to reappear on October 3. 

Eurydice Dixon, 22, had performed a comedy show hours before she was found dead.
Eurydice Dixon, 22, had performed a comedy show hours before she was found dead.
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Todd turned himself into police on Wednesday night, not long after Victoria Police released CCTV images of a man they wanted to speak to over Ms Dixon's death.

"The male surrendered himself to a police station last night, which was a result of the media coverage we got," homicide detective Andrew Stamper told reporters on Thursday.

Police are confident Ms Dixon's death is not linked to a sex assault in the same area in March.

Eurydice Dixon had just finished her comedy gig when she was killed in a Melbourne park.
Eurydice Dixon had just finished her comedy gig when she was allegedly killed in a Melbourne park.
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The victim of a murder in Melbourne has been named as aspiring comedian Eurydice Dixon.
The victim of an alleged murder in Melbourne has been named as aspiring comedian Eurydice Dixon.
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Mr Magnuson told The Herald Sun his partner, Ms Dixon, was a "deep soul who never took herself too seriously". He said they had known each other for two years.

Stand-up comics have rallied in support of Ms Dixon's family, with supporters turning to a crowdfunding platform to raise money for them.

The GoFundMe page, set up by Luka Muller, has raised over $27,000, surpassing its $1,000 goal.

Comedians including Cal Wilson, Meshel Laurie,  Anne Edmonds and Celia Pacquola are among those to have made pledges.

Jaymes Todd has been charged in the comedian's rape and murder.
Jaymes Todd has been charged in the comedian's rape and murder.
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Claudia Long tweeted: "Eurydice was a kind and funny person, this is a tragedy and my heart is broken."

Nelly Thomas called for an end to "terrorism on women".

"RIP dear girl & may the rest of us mourn this terrible loss & then STEP THE F*** UP to stop this terrorism on women. What else can one say," she said on Twitter.

Victorian Police Forensic Officers are seen at the scene where a woman's body was found in Melbourne.
Victorian Police Forensic Officers are seen at the scene where a woman's body was found in Melbourne.
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Comedian Julia Morris took to Twitter to express her shock.

"I am absolutely shattered to hear of the despicable death of Eurydice Dixon," she wrote.

"Our comedy community is like a family and this news is beyond heartbreaking. My deepest condolences go to her family and friends. An important and funny voice has been extinguished. Vale Eurydice Dixon."

 

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