Vandals attack memorial site for murdered Australian comedian

Thousands of people took part in a peaceful candle lit vigil in memory of Eurydice Dixon Monday evening in Melbourne.

Melbourne, Australia (CNN)A makeshift memorial at the site where the body of an Australian comedian was found last week has been vandalized on the same day hundreds attended a community vigil to remember her life.

Eurydice Dixon, 22, was killed last Tuesday night as she walked home through Melbourne's Princes Park after a performance in the Australian city. A 19-year-old man has been charged with her rape and murder.
One of the main organizers of the "Reclaim Prince's Park" vigil said she hoped Monday night's vigil would encourage people to stand in solidarity against acts of intimidation.
    People gather at the site where Dixon's body was found in advance of Monday night's vigil.
    "This is our resistance, this is our park and we want to take this moment to commiserate," Megan Bridger-Darling told CNN. "This is also about showing our love and support to Eurydice's family."
    She said she did not want to focus on the earlier graffiti attack which involved a lurid symbol spray painted on the grass next to where the body was found.
    Hundreds of people gathered Monday evening to remember Dixon's life in Prince's Park in Melbourne, and other Australian capital cities, including Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Hobart.
    Good friends Sophie Joske, 25, and Emily Carr, 29, arrived at the vigil and spoke to CNN about how the killing was every woman's worst fear.
    Sophie Joske, 25, and Emily Carr, 29, told CNn they felt a mix of trauma and rage over the murder of Eurydice Dixon.