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Vigils for Eurydice Dixon held across Australia

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Vigils were held for murdered 22-year-old Eurydice Dixon across Australia on Monday.

Thousands of people attended vigils across the country on Monday in tribute to Eurydice Dixon, five days after she was raped and killed on her way home from a comedy show.

The main event took place in Melbourne's Princes Park - where Ms Dixon was murdered - with other events held in more than 20 other cities and towns. 

Crowds gather at the Reclaim Princes Park Vigil in Melbourne.
Crowds gather at the Reclaim Princes Park Vigil in Melbourne.
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The event in Princes Park, Melbourne.
The event in Princes Park, Melbourne.
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Co-organiser of the Princes Park event Tiara Shafiq told an estimated 5,000 people there that "in the future, we will look to take action. But tonight is a moment to reflect".

There were no speeches at the event. Instead, the floodlights in the park went dark, with many attendees overcome with emotion as thousands of candles flickered. 

The silence was eventually broken by a local choir singing Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews was one of many who placed flowers at the memorial that has been set up there.

At the Sydney vigil in Hyde Park, a list of other women who were victims of gendered violence was at the centre of the event.

A vigil to remember Eurydice Dixon in Adelaide.
A vigil to remember Eurydice Dixon in Adelaide.
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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten attended a vigil in Canberra with other politicians. 

Mr Turnbull said that "this young woman should have been able to walk across the park in her city as safely as she could walk across a room in her home or any public place".

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While Mr Shorten said, "this woman did nothing to deserve what has happened to her".

"We must disable the violence. We must disable the enablers of violence. We must try and make some sense of this to our sons and daughters."

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and opposition leader Bill Shorten
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten
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The organisers of the Reclaim Princes Park vigil posted on Facebook "we all should be able to walk home, whenever we want, wherever we want, and assume we will make it home safe". 

"Our bodies are not there for taking. It is not up to us to keep ourselves safe when we know it's up to men to choose not to inflict violence upon us."

Last week 19-year-old Jaymes Todd appeared in Melbourne Magistrates' Court charged over Ms Dixon's rape and murder.

Eurydice Dixon was raped and murdered in a Melbourne park.
Eurydice Dixon was raped and murdered in a Melbourne park.
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On Monday morning, offensive markings were found on the North Carlton sporting field.

"You're not a brave man if you assault a woman, you're not a strong man if you assault a woman, you're not a smart man if you assault a woman," Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane told reporters after the incident.

And "if you engage in that sort of graffiti", you're none of those things either, he added.

Vigil co-organiser Megan Bridger-Darling told the Nine Network Monday's graffiti was "absolutely galling, and insulting and deeply, deeply offensive".

Additional reporting: AAP

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