Family and friends have mourned the passing of 24-year-old Michaela Dunn during a heartfelt funeral service on a rainy Sydney morning on Monday.
The much loved university student’s life was allegedly cut short by Mert Ney during a rampage through Sydney’s CBD with a kitchen knife on August 13.
Ms Dunn supplemented her income with sex work and it’s alleged Ney had visited her for the purpose of prostitution at her apartment on Clarence Street in the Sydney CBD before fatally stabbing her in the neck.
Writing on Facebook last week ahead of the service, her sister Emily thanked the outpouring of support from friends and the community following the tragic death.
“My family and Mikki’s friends send our sincerest thanks for the outpouring of support we have received over the last week,” she wrote.
“The world has lost someone truely special, and things will never be the same without her kindness, eye rolls and mad love of cats.”
Michaela has been described as a bright and joyous soul and her older sister urged people to wear colour to the funeral service held Monday at the Waterways Memorial Gardens at Rookwood cemetery.
Emily also delivered a eulogy, which recounted the day her younger sister was born and how everyone said she looked like SnowWhite even though “Mikki” had blonde hair.
“My heart is full of sadness today, it does not feel quite real, no one understands you like a sister does,” she told a packed crowd,
“To think life goes on without you is incomprehensible.
“You were curious, loving, generous, caring, and temperamental but you were joyous.
“You’re one of the kindest, fearless souls I know, the world is a sad place without you, I miss you very much.”
As rain drizzled and pallbearers carried the coffin to the hearse, Michaela’s inconsolable mother Joanne hugged the white casket and cried.
Following the August 13 incident in which Ney allegedly killed Ms Dunn and wounded another woman, the 20-year-old man from western Sydney, has been charged with murder, attempted murder, wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, intentionally choking with recklessness and common assault.
He is expected to defend the charges on mental health grounds.