A woman allegedly killed by a man on a deadly stabbing rampage in Sydney’s CBD has been remembered by friends and family as a “sweet” and “kind” person who was “taken way too young”.
The 24-year-old woman, named Michaela Dunn, was found with fatal injuries in a Clarence St apartment on Tuesday afternoon. She was pronounced dead at the scene. In a statement on Wednesday afternoon, police said: “While she has yet to be formally identified, it is believed to be Michaela Dunn from Sydney’s Inner West.
“While her family appreciate the support offered by the community, they have requested their privacy at this difficult time. The investigation into the circumstances surrounding Michaela’s murder is being led by detectives from the Homicide Squad under Strike Force Lalchere.”
Friends have since shared their condolences to the family following the shock incident, explaining Michaela was “such a lovely person” and will be dearly missed.
“I’ve known this girl since she was just a kid in high school at 14. Her sister and I were together for 6 years, and Mikki was like my baby sister. I cannot describe how sad and how broken I am at this moment. I loved this kid. She was incredible,” a friend wrote on social media.
“Such sad and shocking news! Can’t believe it, no one deserves what happened to her, she was such a lovely person and has been taken way too young, way too soon. May you Rest In Peace Michaela,” another said.
“Rest In Peace Michaela Dunn I will remember you as a sweet lovely kind hearted girl. You didn’t deserve this,” a third wrote.
A huge police operation was launched on Tuesday after a man – named as 21-year-old Ney – was arrested amid reports he was carrying a butcher’s knife and shouting “Allahu Akbar” in the street. He was initially accused of stabbing one woman in the back, who was later taken to hospital, but moments later a second woman’s body was discovered in a unit on Clarence Street nearby. Police have since confirmed the incidents are likely linked.
It comes after Ney’s sister expressed her remorse that a woman lost her life, admitting she was younger than her and could have been continuing with her everyday life if nothing had happened to her. She added that no words could do her sorrow justice.
“She was like, younger than me. She could have been going out like within a few hours, to do shopping with her mum, eat dinner with her boyfriend, go speak to her girlfriends … and she can’t do that now can she?” the woman told multiple reporters, in a video shared by Nine News online.
“All the words that I can say isn’t ever gonna bring her back, is it? I want to say, I’m really, really sorry. No one should have… she was like, defenceless and everything.”
She admitted that any link to religion was news to her and insisted that “using religion as an excuse… it’s not right, it’s not correct”.
“I’m shocked, angry, disgusted, I hate my last name,” she added to reporters. “I don’t want to go near him because… (he did) something so despicable.”
Ney has been accused of the attacks, as well as running around the street brandishing a knife and shouting “Allahu Akbar”. The alleged knifeman was eventually tackled to the ground by hero bystanders Paul O’Shaughnessy, Luke O’Shaughnessy, Lee Cuthbert and Alex Roberts, using a milk crate and chairs.