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'Incredible, true delight': Sydney CBD murder victim Michaela Dunn remembered

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The man accused of killing a Sydney woman described by friends as "incredible" remains in hospital after he allegedly went on a stabbing rampage in the CBD.

The Sydney woman allegedly killed by a man accused of going on a stabbing rampage in the CBD has been described as a "true delight".

On Wednesday, police said 24-year-old Michaela Dunn from Sydney's inner west "had sustained injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene" when they found her in a Clarence St unit.

Michaela Dunn.
Michaela Dunn.

One of Ms Dunn's friends, Joan, described the 24-year-old on Twitter as a "true delight" and "incredible".

Her mother told Nine she was a "beautiful girl from a beautiful family" and "very much loved".

A statement from Police said officers were conducting "proactive patrols" in Sydney CBD following the stabbing of a 41-year-old woman allegedly by Mert Ney and were alerted to another injured woman in a unit on Clarence St.

"The family of the woman whose body was located in an apartment in Sydney CBD yesterday have requested privacy," the statement said.

"While her family appreciate the support offered by the community, they have requested their privacy at this difficult time."

Investigation underway 

State and federal police are undergoing an intensive search to determine whether Ney had possible links to terrorism, saying the attack was not yet considered terrorism-related.

NSW police Commissioner Mick Fuller told media on Wednesday morning that an investigation into the motivation behind a stabbing rampage could take weeks or even months and local authorities would be open to liaising with international agencies.

Police investigate the area around a crime scene after a man stabbed a woman and attempted to stab others in central Sydney on August 13, 2019.
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Ney is under police guard in hospital and is expected to be charged with murder, as well as serious assault.

Mr Fuller described a USB allegedly found on the suspect after the incident, which the police claim was filled with footage of attacks in New Zealand and the United States as concerning.

The man being arrested.
The man being arrested.
Samantha Hutchison

“If we can link him to terrorist activities, the offences would see him locked away for a very, very long time.”

Hundreds of witnesses are believed to have seen the incident unfold between Clarence St and Wynyard St on Tuesday afternoon.

Police will be conducting interviews of bystanders and people they describe as heroes, who “undoubtedly prevented the killing of more people.”

If you are struggling mentally contact Lifeline crisis support and suicide prevention on 13 11 14 or visit lifeline.org.au or 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732)

- with additional reporting from AAP

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