United In Grief

Unparalleled heart-felt community outpouring in response to the tragic death of Jill Meagher has led to an exceptional sense of community cohesion.

There was an extraordinary level of media and public interest, both in the mainstream and social media, in the tragic abduction and murder of Jill Meagher.

In what The Australian newspaper described as ‘a genuinely random, opportunistic attack’, Ms Meagher was abducted while walking home alone from a gathering with ABC colleagues at a bar in Sydney Road, Brunswick, early on Saturday, September 22. Her body was found north of Melbourne a week later.

Tributes from around the world continue to flow for Jill Meagher, 29, and her husband Tom, who were married in Ireland in 2008, and moved to Melbourne in 2009.

In her role as an ABC 774 Radio unit coordinator, Jill Meagher was a much loved member of Melbourne’s ABC family. ABC broadcaster Jon Faine said Jill’s death has ‘touched a very raw nerve right across the nation. … Jill was an innocent victim, a young, vibrant woman with her whole life in front of her.’

Adrian Ernest Bayley, 41, who stands accused of raping and murdering Jill Meagher, first appeared in court on September 28, and is next due to appear in court for committal on January 18, 2013.

Mairéid Sullivan

Melbourne march to honour Jill Meagher