Amid the outpouring of grief, floral tributes have today been left outside the bridal shop in Sydney Road, where Gillian Meagher was last seen.
Dozens of bouquets have been laid at the entrance to Duchess Boutique, the Sydney Road bridal store where Ms Meagher was seen on CCTV.
The shop has become the focus for public grief over the disappearance and murder of the ABC Radio employee.
It featured prominently in the police hunt for information on Ms Meagher's fate, after police released CCTV footage taken from the premises.
And Brunswick residents are planning a candelight vigil on Sydney Road tonight to pay tribute to the 29-year-old.
Mourners are planning to gather at 6pm outside the Brunswick Baptist Church at the intersection of Sydney Road and Blyth Street, just metres from the Duchess Boutique.
Outside Duchess Boutique today, Glenn and Alan, who moved from Dublin to Melbourne for work three years ago, stopped to pay their respects.
Alan said the case had been saddening and confronting to Irish people settled in Melbourne and their families back home.
"My wife had her ma on the phone asking her to come home," he said.
"You can understand why. They're all worried about our safety.
"Once the footage was released it just exploded over there."
Glenn said that he had followed the case closely.
"Even though we don't know her, it feels like we do because she's Irish and she's living in Melbourne."
"We don't live here, but it could have happened anywhere," Alan added.
Both men said there should be more CCTV cameras in Melbourne.
"In London, you couldn't drop a paper without seven cameras seeing it," Alan said.
"That camera that got Jill, all I can say is that was God's doing. For her to stop right in front of that shop, the only one with CCTV, how else do you explain it.
"People say it's an invasion of privacy. If you've got nothing to hide, what’s the problem.''
Chris, from Boronia, dropped two bouquets of flowers off while holding his daughter. She carried a single stem, but shied away from placing it on the pile of flowers as television cameras focused on her.
"I was in the area and thought I'd drop these off, it's awful and you wouldn't want it to happen to anyone,'' Chris said.
"I thought it was important to put these out in public, as if it wasn't for the publicity she might not have been found.''
Duchess Boutique owner Patricia said she was proud her CCTV footage had helped capture Ms Meagher's alleged killer.
"Of course it does, of course it does,'' she said, holding back tears.
March and vigil
Organisers of the vigil outside the Baptist Church tonight are urging people to bring a candle in support of Ms Meagher’s husband, family and friends.
The vigil is being held "on the street where we should all feel free and safe to be", an email circulating in the community says.
It comes as thousands of people throw their support behind plans for a mass march down Sydney Road to protest against violence against women and to show solidarity in the community.
Nearly 3000 people have "liked" a Facebook page calling for Sydney Road to host a Reclaim The Night march, part of a global campaign to protest against rape and other forms of sexual violence.
Sara Brocklesby, one of the organisers for the Sydney Road march, said she had spoken to friends this week who expressed anger about coverage of Ms Meagher’s disappearance that questioned a woman’s right to walk around at night by herself, and blamed the victim.
The group expressed its condolences to Ms Meagher’s family this morning following the discovery of the 29-year-old’s body buried beside a road in Gisborne South. They group is hoping to speak to the ABC employee’s family and get their approval for the march.
Ms Meagher’s death has ignited fears, including many expressed on social media, about safety in the suburb.
‘‘I think the local community is looking for a way of coming together to express grief around this event, but I think there’s also a community need to express their outrage against violence against women,’’ Ms Brocklesby said.
‘‘It was felt that it would be really great to have a special event in Brunswick to allow the local residents to participate.
"At this stage we’re just working with the relevant local groups to determine how we do that. The idea is that we would march down Sydney Road but the exact details haven’t been decided upon yet."
Organisers have spoken to the council and police and are hoping to hold it next month.
Meanwhile, Andrew Bayley, who shares a first initial and surname with Ms Meagher's alleged killer and also lives in Coburg, said he had received about 20 phone calls since charges were laid early this morning.
He said some people had stopped outside his house to take photos and others had prank-called him, staying silent at the other end of the line.
"It's a bit unnerving considering some of the things on Facebook and Twitter about what people want to do to this guy,'' Mr Bayley said.
"We had been following the case but we never thought we would get caught up in it.''
Neighbours in the quiet Coburg street where Bayley had lived said it was a shock.
"I suppose it is, but it's more just very sad," one woman said.
"I can't recall ever seeing him, I've seen pictures of him and I don't recognise him. He could walk past now and I wouldn't know it was him."
Another neighbour did not want to discuss Bayley: "I can't say anything, I've got kids in the house," she said.
Any glimmer of hope that Jill Meagher would be found alive ended late last night, under a wattle tree beside a dirt road in a rural area of Melbourne's north-west.
It was there that police made the heartbreaking discovery of a shallow grave containing the remains of the 29-year-old woman, whose disappearance from a Brunswick street nearly one week ago has captured the hearts and minds of Melbourne, and indeed the country.
Adrian Ernest Bayley, the 41-year-old man now charged with raping and murdering Ms Meagher on Saturday morning, accompanied police to the remote location, off Black Hill Road in Gisborne South, about 11pm.
They stayed at the grave site for an hour-and-a-half, when the full extent of Ms Meagher's terrifying ordeal unravelled.
Black Hill Road is about a 15-minute drive off the Calder Freeway, and about a 45-minute drive from Sydney Road in Brunswick, where Ms Meagher's final moments were captured on a CCTV camera as she walked home from a bar.
Looking north, the grave is about seven metres off to the right of the dirt road. A barbed wire fence sits a further two metres behind the grave, with rolling hills stretching beyond and a row of pine trees on the opposite side of the road.
The grave - no more than 30 centimetres deep - sits between two wattle trees, with a clear view of Melbourne's skyline stretching out behind it.
There is a quarry nearby, and at least two houses are visible on properties within one kilometre.
Last night, police swarmed to Black Hill Road and sealed off the area, setting up a giant floodlight while they scoured the area. A blue tarpaulin was placed over the grave, before the coroner removed Ms Meagher's body about 4am today.
By 7.30am, there was barely a sign of what had allegedly unfolded there days beforehand.
The police tape had been removed on what, at first glance, could have been any rural road.
The country around Black Hill Road is inhabited with the ghosts of settlers past.
It was part of a larger settlement of the north-west of Melbourne from very early on Victoria’s history. European settlement began in Gisborne South in 1836 and it was about 20 years later that rural selections became available, including those in what was then known as Black Hills. The land was auctioned in Melbourne and folk travelled all day on rutted tracks, deeply grooved from the frantic wheels of the rush to gold at Bendigo.
And now another ghost resides in the Black Hills, one that has no business being there, one that was stolen from its familiar life in Melbourne and left in a paddock, in a shallow grave among the wattle trees that are starting to lose their flowers.
Black Hill Road is one part tarred and one part dirt, follow the tarred part and within minutes a traveller reaches the Calder Freeway and into the rush of traffic speeding north and south. It only takes a few minutes, conversely, to find the highway a long way away in the mind. There are cows and sheep in the paddocks, a different rhythm flows.
It’s quiet, but it should never have been as quiet as this.
Brunswick politicians have spoken to police about public safety concerns in the suburb.
Federal member for Wills, Kelvin Thomson and State member for Brunswick, Jane Garrett - both ALP members - spoke to local police regarding public concerns.
Mr Thomson said the pair told police they appreciated the strong co-operation in response to requests for information.
"We intend to continue working with Brunswick police to discuss issues such as CCTV, late-night bars and clubs and any other issues which might go to promoting community safety," Mr Thomson told The Age.
- With Richard Willingham