The mother and grandmother of Melbourne woman Courtney Herron have thrown themselves onto the spot she was allegedly murdered and cried to the sky for answers.
Throwing their hands into the air and seemingly asking God to respond, relativesof the 25-year-old made their way to Royal Park just before midday.
The pair could be heard crying from a hundred metres away as they made their way up a muddy dirt path carrying flowers.
The mother and grandmother of Melbourne woman Courtney Herron have thrown themselves onto the spot she was allegedly murdered on and cried to the sky for answers
Speaking in Greek, Ms Herron’s mum draped herself over the logs where her daughter drew her last gasps for air
Ms Herron was found by dog walkers on Saturday morning, and police believe she was killed earlier that day
The young woman’s body was found by dog walkers in the park about 9.30am on Saturday.
Upon reaching the burnt out logs where Ms Herron was allegedly so cruelly killed, the pair broke down in inconsolable grief.
They were accompanied by Ms Herron’s uncles and aunts, who could do nothing but stand back and allow the pair to expel shrieks of agonising despair.
Speaking in Greek, Ms Herron’s mum draped herself over the logs where her daughter drew her last gasps for air.
The family matriarch hunched over the logs, crying as if willing them to spring her granddaughter back to life.
At one point she climbed to her feet, hands stretched to the air, and shouted at the sky.
A stranger who had come to pay respects to the Melbourne woman could only stand back and watch in sheer horror at what was transpiring.
Pure, unimaginable grief.
She also broke into tears.
Throwing their hands into the air and seemingly asking God to respond, family of the 25-year old made their way to Royal Park just before midday
The family matriarch hunched over the logs, crying as if willing them to spring her granddaughter back to life
The pair could be heard crying from a hundred metres away as they made their way up a muddy dirt path carrying flowers
Those who had attended the same spot earlier had told waiting media they had hoped Ms Herron had died quickly.
Strangers had braved the rain and cold all morning to make the trek up the muddy hill to pay their respects to a woman they didn’t know.
Ms Herron’s uncle, who would only give his name as Peter, told Daily Mail Australia his family was ‘distraught’.
”She was the most gentle, kind hearted person you could meet. She was just such a lovely person,’ he said.
‘She always had been. Just lovely. She was beautiful, she was so trusting of people.’
Another family member said despite media reports, Ms Herron had not been ‘homeless’.
‘That’s not right. She was never homeless,’ the woman said. ‘She had lots of places to stay.
Ms Herron’s mother and grandmother made no comment as they were helped back to their car.
It is understood Ms Herron had been in regular contact with her family up until only a couple of week ago and had been staying with friends at the time of her attack.
Sources have told Daily Mail Australia a man charged over Ms Herron’s shocking murder is not known to them and they do not believe she had any form of relationship with him.
Henry Hammond, 27, fronted the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Monday morning charged over Ms Herron’s murder.
The court heard he has a ‘possible delusional disorder’ and ADHD.
Hammond appeared in court, with no shoes on and a smile on his face. He will remain in custody until his next court appearance in September.
The court heard he also had a possible autism spectrum disorder and had been prescribed ritalin for his ADHD.
Henry Hammond, 27, is accused of bashing Courtney Herron, 25, to death in a Melbourne park
Mr Herron appeared in court on Monday with no shoes on and nodded when he was told he’d be held in custody until his next appearance in September
He was clean-shaven and had shoulder-length brown hair, and simply nodded when he was told he would be held in custody until his next court appearance in September.
Daily Mail Australia understands Hammond attended a prestigious school on Sydney’s northern beaches before moving away, eventually becoming part of a hippy scene in Melbourne and having two children.
‘He was always a strange dude,’ a former classmate said. We thought he had a mental disability but he was never violent. Always sweet and placid to be around.’
Another former classmate, who was close friends with Hammond in high school, said he was a ‘nice but strange’ guy.
‘He was always nice enough,’ the man said.
‘He left at the end of his year 10 in 2010 I believe next thing I heard was that he had gotten a girl pregnant.’
Melbourne Magistrates’ Court heard Hammond had a possible delusional disorder and a possible autism spectrum disorder. He is also prescribed ritalin to treat ADHD
Courtney Herron (pictured with her ex-boyfriend Terrick Edwards) was found dead in a Melbourne park on Saturday morning
Prosecutor Madeleine Sargent originally asked for up to four months for police to put together their brief of evidence against Hammond.
A pathology report is still to be completed and officers are reviewing CCTV footage.
Magistrate Donna Bakos said police could have until August 5 to prepare the documents and ordered Hammond, of no fixed address, be remanded in custody until a committal mention on September 16.
Hammond was arrested on Sunday and charged overnight with one count of murder, police said.
In the hours before her death, the woman had tried to phone her ex-boyfriend, Terrick Edwards, but he missed the call, his sister Nindara Edwards Norris told The Age on Sunday.
Ms Norris said her brother was upset ‘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 her brother would want Ms Herron to be remembered as a lovely woman, and not just another homeless person who died on the streets.
Hammond (right), who is homeless, is accused of bashing Ms Herron (left), to death
She said Ms Herron came from a close Greek-Australian family and had a brother and sister.
Mr Edwards and Ms Herron, who used to work for a government department, had lived together before they split four years ago, she said.
There is no suggestion Mr Edwards had any involvement in Ms Herron’s death.
A friend of Ms Herron from high school, Matt Walsh, told the paper she was one of the most kind-hearted people he knew.
‘[She was] always smiling and joking, trying to make herself and others happy. That’s how I’ll remember her. She should be remembered by her smile because you would see it every day without fail,’ he said.
‘Breaks my heart that we live in such a f***ed up world, nobody deserves this. It was a pleasure knowing you; even not seeing you in years,’ another friend Jadee Craggles posted on Facebook.
A GoFundMe has been set up by the Melbourne Homeless Collective to help cover Ms Herron’s funeral costs.
Dog walkers found Ms Herron’s body near a group of logs under a tree at Melbourne’s Royal Park on Saturday morning.
Mourners left handwritten notes at the scene where Courtney Herron’s body was found
Homicide squad Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper said extreme violence was inflicted on Ms Herron.
‘The level of violence involved here was extreme in my view,’ he told reporters on Sunday.
‘This was a particularly, particularly horrendous attack.’
Investigators believe Ms Herron was bashed just hours before her body was found about 9.25am on Saturday.
Inspector Stamper said the attacker did try and conceal the body and there was no evidence as yet that it was a sexually motivated crime or if a weapon was used.
Ms Herron had been couch surfing and sleeping rough for some time while struggling with drug and mental health issues, Inspector Stamper said.
The last confirmed sighting of her was on May 14 at St Albans when she came into contact with the police.
A man was seen visiting the spot where her body was found and leaving a bouquet of flowers along with the touching note
Mourners lay flowers at the tragic scene where Courtney Herron’s life was cut short
Police believe Ms Herron (pictured) suffered a violent death
Devastated Melburnians have left flowers at the scene as Ms Herron’s tragic death sparked anger in the city, with police and the Premier Daniel Andrews calling for men’s attitudes to women to change.
‘This is a terrible tragedy,’ Premier Daniel Andrews said on Sunday.
The Premier, who delivered Australia’s first royal commission into family violence last term, said while the state had made significant progress on violence against women, there was more to be done.
‘This is not about the way women behave, this is not about where women are at what hour,’ he said.
‘This is most likely about the behaviour of men.’
A man visits the spot where Ms Herron’s body was found and leaves a bouquet of flowers along with the touching note
Ms Herron’s body is removed from the scene in Royal Park, Melbourne, on Saturday
Ms Herron’s death is the latest in a series of women killed and dumped on Melbourne’s streets.
Eurydice Dixon’s body was discovered in Princes Park in Carlton North in June last year, just a few kilometres away from the horrific discovery on Saturday.
Ms Dixon, 22, was raped and murdered while walking home from the city at night.
Friends have paid tribute to Ms Herron, who was ‘always smiling and joking’
MELBOURNE’S VIOLENT HISTORY AGAINST WOMEN
MAY 25 2019 – COURTNEY HERRON
Courtney Herron, 25, was found by dog walkers in Royal Park, the city’s north, on Saturday morning.
APRIL 24 2019 – NATALINA ANGOK, 32
Natalina Angok’s body was dumped in the city’s CBD at the intersection of Little Bourke Street and Celestial Avenue.
JANUARY 16 2019 – AIIA MAASARWE, 21
Israeli student Aiia Masarwe was on her way home from a comedy show, speaking with her sister on FaceTime, when she was raped and murdered.
JUNE 13 2018 – EURYDICE DIXON, 22
The aspiring comedian was walking home from a show at a bar when she was raped and killed by a stranger at Princes Park in Carlton North.
MARCH 18 2015 – MASA VUKOTIC, 17
The schoolgirl was on a stroll through Koonung Creek reserve – only a short distance from her Doncaster home – when she was stabbed 49 times.
JUNE 28 2014 – RENEA LAU, 32
Renea Lau was raped and killed by when she walked to work in South Yarra early in the morning.
SEPTEMBER 22 2012 – JILL MEAGHER, 29
The Irish woman was brutally raped and murdered while walking home from a night out Brunswick.
Aiia Maasarwe, 21, suffered a similar fate to Ms Dixon after being attacked on her walk home near La Trobe University on January 15.
Both women were attacked by men they did not know and who have since been charged.
In April, Natalina Angok’s body was found dumped in Chinatown, allegedly killed by her one-time partner Christopher Allen who has been charged.
‘It’s the death of a woman sadly again in our city,’ Inspector Stamper told reporters.
‘We get impacted as much as anyone else in the community.’
Forensic teams, police and the SES comb the Royal Park for evidence
Police are pictured at the scene on Saturday morning
Inspector Stamper said he was ‘angry’ when these kinds of crimes occur.
‘I’m a father of a daughter, and you know, so, I feel it just the same as everyone else, when it happens,’ he said.
Inspector Stamper said that homeless people regularly sleep rough in the Royal Park.
‘This is a horrendous crime, as all murders are,’ Det-Insp Stamper said shortly after Ms Herron’s body was found.
‘We’ve been working very hard since then to get some answers from the crime scene.’
Ms Herron’s body was discovered near the North Park Tennis Club in Parkville in Melbourne’s north on Saturday morning
The woman’s death comes less than a year after 22-year-old Eurydice Dixon’s body was found in Princes Park in Carlton North in June last year – just a few kilometres away
About 1pm Saturday a police helicopter circled the scene more than 10 times, while officers on bicycles rode around the area speaking to locals.
Officers cordoned off a large area between the North Park Tennis Club and the Flemington Road Cricket Oval.
Forensic investigators in face masks and gloves examined the area inside the police tape – which is surrounded by thick bushes and trees.
North Park Tennis Club head coach Gabriel Moise, said it was ‘pretty scary’ to have a woman’s body discovered nearby.
‘It’s very bad … it’s pretty confronting,’ he told the ABC.
Homicide detective Andrew Stamper (left) appealed for anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers