Friday, 28 September 2012

friday, september 28th, 2012

rain tree This gloomy, rainy morning, I woke up to the sad news that the body of Jill Meagher had been found. For those of you not living in Australia, Jill Meagher went missing last weekend in the inner Melbourne suburb of Brunswick. A man has now been charged with her rape and murder.

Brunswick is a familiar suburb to me, and I have friends who live there, who used to live there, their friends live there. Me and my friends often go out there. This awful, heartbreaking crime feels so very close to home. Lots of you, my readers, live in Melbourne, too, and Brunswick is a home to many of you.

I know this is not the usual kind of post for this blog. I know that many of you want to turn to my blog, and other blogs, for escapism and lightheartedness and optimism, as I do. However, I feel it is very important to talk about, and acknowledge, what has happened in my hometown. My deepest sympathies are with Jill's family and friends.

Today I'll let those close to me know how much I love them.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

This story is chilling, the circumstances could be me or my friends, colleagues or sisters. How can a 5 minute walk home end so tragically? It is a terribly sad and shocking conclusion to the past week. My thoughts are with her family, friends and my Melbourne ABC colleagues.

Brenda @ Mira Narnie said...

I've been feeling ill all day after the news this morning. on one hand I felt a tragic ending, but I still held hope of her being ok. Brunswick is so close to where I live, and being a young woman not much older than Jill it chills me to the core about safety and security. May Jill be resting in peace now xx

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting this. As another Melbourne girl, I feel that it could easily have been me or any one of the gorgeous girls I know who live or play in Brunswick. RIP Jill.

hownaïve said...

It's such a terrible thing to happen. She didn't deserve it; nobody does. I think the only good that could come of it is that I know I, like many others I'm sure, will take this lesson to heart, for her sake as well as our own. As well as showing sympathy for her loved ones, it's the greatest thing we can do to honour her memory. Rest in peace, Jill, and know that you won't be forgotten.

Ruskin Days downunder said...

It's so sad. Like everyone else, I wanted Jill to be found safe. Just so very very sad :(

Sarah said...

It was so upsetting to hear on the news yesterday... I kept thinking (hoping) that she'd be found alive. I can't stop thinking about the husband, family and friends she left behind. It's so very sad.

Alli said...

I had been praying that they would find her alive, and I was heartbroken to hear the awful news. Such a horrible thing to happen to such a beautiful young woman. My love and thoughts go out to her husband, family and friends at this sad time. RIP gorgeous Jillian. I hope that the person that did this horrific thing to you pays dearly for taking you away from your family. So sad :(

daniele said...

Thanks for posting about this. So often, serious events happen that affect us yet they are not mentioned on blogs. I am glad you acknowledged it. There is a heavy sadness all over Melbourne right now. RIP Jill. x

Miss Emmi said...

This somehow feels so much more real given the location. It's just so tragic. I felt close to tears when I read the news... my thoughts go to her family and friends in this horrible time.

Katie Frank said...

I haven't heard about this, cus I live on second side of the world- Poland. It's such sad news. I hope you all australian are ok. I hate world for such news and I don't understand why such things happen :( I send you virtual cuddle.

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ainead said...

Thank you for this post. Even up in Brisbane young women are feeling the shock of what has happened.

I can only speak for myself in saying that I enjoy reading your blog when you look picture perfect, when a magnificent day is captured in wonderful detail - but also when you mention that your hair didn't work out or you weren't feeling well or something went wrong with plans. It gives balance and authenticity to your blog - as does a fitting tribute (like this one) to a sad event that has made an impact on you and a number of your readers from all over Australia.

RIP Jill - a beautiful and obviously well-loved young woman.

Indigo Violet said...

I was visiting Brunswick recently, and when I heard this news a chill ran over my body. Violence is an epidemic in our society, especially against women and children, and it makes me wonder when we will be civilised.

Gaby - Hopeless Lingerie said...

It is so important to address things like this - and yes we need escapism but we also need realism sometimes too.

It is so so so awful what happened - but I can't help but think about all of the other missing people that do not receive all the media coverage that Jill has.

Anonymous said...

I shed tears for her the other day as I watched on my couch. From the moment I heard about Jill I was holding out for any news, hoping that it would be good. It felt a bit silly as I didn't know her, but her story touched my heart and filled me with incredible sadness. Such a beautiful young woman and so close to home. Thanks for posting about it

Lynn Dylan said...

I am so very sorry. Such horrible news.

xo
Lynn

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