AustraliaParkville victim tried to call former boyfriend hours before she was killed
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Royal Park murder victim Courtney Herron attempted to call a former boyfriend in the hours before her death.
His sister has told The Age that Ms Herron's ex-partner Terrick Edwards is now struggling to process the twist of fate that could have saved Ms Herron's life.
Ms Herron's body was found in Royal Park on Saturday morning. Police say the 25-year-old homeless woman had been the victim of a "horrendous bashing". Her killer remained on the run on Sunday night.
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Nindara Edwards Norris said her brother had lived with Ms Herron in the inner northern suburb of Northcote for "many years". They remained close after their separation four years ago.
Ms Norris said Ms Herron attempted to call her brother on Friday. He missed the call and forgot to call back.
She said he now felt responsible "for not being able to offer her a safe place for the night".
"Our families are all still in shock and my brother is struggling to process this as he missed her call Friday and now feels so terrible," she said.
Ms Norris said Ms Herron's family was ''loving, kind and supportive" and that she had suffered "many mental illness issues and recurring homelessness" since the split with her brother.
She said her brother would want Ms Herron "to be remembered for the lovely woman she was and not just another homeless person who died on the streets".
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Ms Herron has a sister and brother and was "a part of a beautiful caring Greek-Aussie family". She was raised in the northern suburbs.
Ms Norris said she and Ms Herron were "good friends" when she was with her brother. "She often babysat my older kids and even house sat for me once."
Ms Herron had worked for a government department ''a number of years ago", Ms Norris said.
"So to end up homeless and on the street is truly shocking for people to grasp."
A friend of Ms Herron's, who asked not to be named, visited the site where her body was found on Sunday afternoon.
She left flowers before weeping on the shoulder of another friend.
"She was kind and she was lovely and she was a great friend," she said.
Matt Walsh knew Ms Herron in high school and said she was one of the most kind-hearted people he had ever met.
"[She was] always smiling and joking, trying to make herself and others happy. That's how I'll remember her," he said.
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Police today identified the woman as 25-year-old Courtney Herron, of no fixed residence. Ms Herron's body was discovered among a group of logs by dogwalkers in Royal Park in Parkville about 9:25am. © AAP Courtney Herron. Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper of the homicide squad told reporters today Ms Herron had suffered a "horrendous bashing". Members of the public have left floral tributes at the spot where Ms Herron's body was found, as police increase their presence in the area in a bid to reassure the public.
"She should be remembered by her smile because you would see it every day without fail."
Others have taken to social media to pay tribute to their friend.
“RIP beautiful, forever in our hearts. You didn’t ever deserve this,” Carlz Lamb posted on Facebook.
“You lit up a room with your smile and happy, bubbly personality. Why did this happen ... you were an amazing person who will never be forgotten ... Memories will last a lifetime but won’t be the same. Never will you be forgotten."
Jadee Craggles posted on Facebook about her anger at Ms Herron's life being taken so young.
"Breaks my heart that we live in such a f---ed up world, nobody deserves this," she said. "It was a pleasure knowing you; even not seeing you in years."
Ms Craggles told The Age that she hadn't seen Courtney since high school, and was shocked to hear that she had been struggling.
"She was a beautiful, normal young girl, breaks my heart to hear she was doing it so tough now," she said.
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She said Ms Herron was an incredibly "uplifting and kind" person.
"She was a good friend with a beautiful character who had her life ahead of her," she said.
“She was kind-hearted, friendly and funny, always up for a good time and always there for her friends... and most of all a good friend to everyone.”
Homicide squad Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper said Ms Herron had lived a difficult life, struggling with drugs and mental health issues.
He said the scene was "horrendous" and vowed police would not stop until they found who was responsible.
Detective Inspector Stamper described her as a "vulnerable" member of the community who society had failed to protect.
"This was a young woman who had significant challenges in life. We as a community should be protecting these people and we didn't. We failed on this occasion," he said.
Detective Inspector Stamper said Ms Herron's family had been notified and were "heartbroken".
"Courtney had had sporadic contact with her family, which is very much part of the challenges that happen when there is a child that suffers drug use and mental health issues ... family relationships can be fragmented," he said.
"But I stress, that doesn't mean that families out there don't love their children and their heart breaks for them. We're dealing with a heartbroken family."
Courtney 'left gathering with accused killer hours before death'
Melbourne woman Courtney Herron left a gathering with her accused killer just hours before her death, according to reports. Ms Herron's battered body was found by dog walkers in Parkville's Royal Park on Saturday. Homeless man Henry Richard Hammond, 27, faced court yesterday charged with the 25-year-old's murder. His lawyer cited mental health issues as the case was adjourned to September 16. Police believe Mr Hammond and Ms Herron together left a gathering in the city just hours before her death, The Age reports. © Supplied Courtney Herron was found dead in Parkville on Saturday.
The last confirmed sighting of Ms Herron was on May 14 in St Albans when she spoke with police about a minor matter relating to her mental health and drug use.
Police said that towards the end of her life she was transient and interacted with a lot of people. They are hoping some of these individuals may help them map out her movements in the last weeks of her life.
Flowers have begun to pile up on the logs behind which Ms Herron's body was found.
Ned Thompson was one of those who left a tribute.
“I felt like I have to do something," he said. "I feel like whoever she was, she deserves more than that and deserved more respect than that. And even if it’s a little symbolic gesture like [leaving flowers], I feel like it’s important to do something,” he said.
Another man who came to the scene did not wish to be named, but said he was “mortified” that another woman had lost her life on the streets of Melbourne.
“Never in a thousand years would you get used to it ... [leaving flowers] just seemed like the right thing to do,” he said.
A card left in tribute at the site lamented a life tragically lost.
"You deserved so much better. May you rest in everlasting peace."
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