30,000 march in memory of Jill Meagher (PHOTOS)
Mon, 01 Oct 2012 8:04a.m.
By 3 News online staff
About 30,000 people have marched through the streets of Melbourne in honour of murdered Irish woman Jill Meagher.
Brunswick’s Sydney Road was closed by police for more than an hour on Sunday as the crowd walked the route Ms Meagher and taken in her final moments, The Australian reports.
Members of the crowd said they were shocked and saddened by her death and felt compelled to show their support.
Ms Meagher, 29, went missing on September 23 after failing to return home from a bar in Brunswick. She had turned down a friend’s offer to drive her the 800m distance to her home.
On Thursday police arrested Adrian Ernest Bailey, 41, and charged him with Ms Meagher’s rape and murder. He then led police to her body in Gisborne South.
When she first went missing, the ABC employee’s colleagues, husband and friends used Facebook and Twitter to try to locate her. A Facebook page, “Help us find Jill Meagher”, had 122,000 followers, with people uploading posters of her for people to stick up around their areas.
A few days after her disappearance police released CCTV footage of Ms Meagher in which there was a mystery man suspected to be following her.
Murder-accused Bailey appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday.
Ms Meagher’s husband of four years, Thomas Meagher, told the Melbourne Age he was devastated by her death.
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1/10/2012 10:26:22 a.m.
I am a New Zealander living in Australia. Such a tragedy. But i feel proud, seeing how Melbourne pooled together to do the march..
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