A transgender sex worker murdered in horrific circumstances has been remembered in a Brisbane candlelight vigil for how she lived, not how she died.
For those who gathered as the sun set in a Brisbane park, Mayang Prasetyo was a kind, generous and ambitious woman who loved her family and friends.
She was much more than the mere victim of a horrific crime that shocked Australia and the world.
Amid the flickering of candles in New Farm Park on Friday, about 150 mourners gathered to pay tribute to Ms Mayang.
The 27-year-old transgender sex worker was allegedly slain at the hands of her husband Marcus Volke, 27, last week.
Her remains were found boiling on a stovetop of an upmarket Teneriffe apartment where they lived.
Those grisly details, although well known by those who attended the candlelight vigil, were not uttered.
The legacy she left, however, was.
Ms Mayang’s friend Brad Whitehouse shared tales of how generous she was and how she pledged to “leave the game” once she had turned 30 and had enough money to provide a comfortable life for her family.
“She loved travelling, she loved good food, good fashion, music, friends – being in the hub of her network of friends,” Mr Whitehouse recalled.
“She brought people together.”
And while mourners were quick to note Ms Mayang was not defined by her race, gender identity or profession, her story became a rallying point for those who could relate to those aspects of her life.
Event spokeswoman Miranda Sparks said although many didn’t know Ms Mayang, her story resonated with Brisbane’s transgender community, who often feel victimised and targets of abuse.
“I didn’t know Mayang – instead I’ve come to know a world in which she’s absent and the ache it brings,” she said.
“I know, like she did, what it’s like to be born into a world that declares who you aren’t from the very first day and what it’s like to step forward and claim it back.”
Ms Sparks said she hoped a positive message and understanding would come from Ms Mayang’s tragic death.
“We’re actually pretty mundane,” Ms Sparks told AAP.
“We’re not some scandalous, weird fetishists that some people seem to think we are.”
Detectives are continuing their investigations for the coroner and arrangements are being made for Ms Mayang’s body to be returned home to her family in Indonesia.