Memorial For Eurydice Dixon Has Been Vandalised
A makeshift memorial for murdered comedian Eurydice Dixon has been vandalised with "offensive" graffiti ahead of Monday's planned vigil.
Police say paint markings were found at the site of the memorial in Princes Park in Carlton during routine patrols about 3.50am on Monday.
JUST IN: @nathantemp7 is reporting that the floral tribute site for Eurydice Dixon at Princes Park has been vandalised overnight, with a 25-metre long, “lewd symbol” drawn with heavy white paint. Firefighters are on scene now attempting to remove it.— 3AW Breakfast (@RossAndJohn) June 17, 2018
A number of items were seized from the scene and the dog squad has been through the area, with the investigation ongoing.
Fire crews used high-pressure hoses to remove the offensive graffiti, painted next to the formal tributes in the park.
Vigil organiser, Megan Bridger-Darling was at a loss for words.
"There is a level of anger ... in this city already. And for this to happen, on the day of her memorial, is absolutely galling, and insulting and deeply, deeply offensive," she told Nine Network.
Victorian senator Derryn Hinch said the vandalism was "obscene on so many different levels".
"Whoever did it, I hope they are found, identified, caught, charged and sent to jail. I really feel that," he told Seven Network.
Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young said whoever did it is an "idiot".
"So much so, they will be bragging to their mates about it. Only morons behave like this. Responsibility needs to be taken and needs to be called out," she told the Seven Network.
It comes as thousands of men and women are due to hold vigils across the country in tribute to Ms Dixon, five days after the 22-year-old's body was discovered on Princes Park soccer field at Carlton North, prompting an outpouring of grief and anger about violence against women.
"We all should be able to walk home, whenever we want, wherever we want, and assume we will make it home safe," the organisers of Monday night's Reclaim Princes Park vigil posted on Facebook.
"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."
Vigils are expected in Melbourne and regional Victoria, as well as Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart and Launceston.
Ms Dixon was raped and killed on her way home from a comedy show at the Highlander Bar in the CBD on Tuesday night.
She reportedly sent her boyfriend a message saying "I'm almost home safe", but never made it.
The City of Melbourne, state government and police are expected to meet on Monday to discuss community safety following the incident.
Last week Jaymes Todd, 19, appeared in Melbourne Magistrates' Court charged with rape and murder.