The 24-year-old from Sydney’s inner west was found with a laceration to her neck in a Clarence Street unit on Tuesday afternoon.
Mert Ney, 20, is accused of killing her before allegedly stabbing 41-year old Linda Bo at the Hotel CBD and wandering York Street with a knife. He was detained by members of the public.
Police believe Ney attended the Clarence Street apartment for “the purposes of prostitution”, where Dunn’s body was later discovered.
Dunn was a former Rosebank College student and studied at the University of Notre Dame.
Her mother, Joanne Dunn, told Nine she was a “beautiful girl from a beautiful family” and “very much loved.”
She’s been described by one friend as “incredible” and a “true delight.”
— Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) August 14, 2019
“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,” Joan A. Westenberg said on Twitter.
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. https://t.co/LovdgVVOWe
— Joan A. Westenberg (@Jonwestenberg) August 14, 2019
Dunn also rallied against sexual violence in a Facebook post several years ago.
“Sexual violence and harassment is never acceptable. Take two minutes to read and sign this petition, it’s such an important issue that needs to be addressed sooner than later,” she wrote on a post in 2016.
Dunn’s family have requested privacy at this time.
“While her family appreciates the support offered by the community, they have requested their privacy at this difficult time,” NSW Police said in a statement on Wednesday.
Homicide detectives are expecting to charge Ney with murder and serious assault.
Ney remains under police guard at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and is yet to be interviewed by police about the incident that brought the city’s streets to a standstill.
By Dominica Sanda