Published: Fri, January 18, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Man arrested over killing of Israeli student Aiia Maasarwe in Melbourne

Man arrested over killing of Israeli student Aiia Maasarwe in Melbourne

Police believe she was attacked just after getting off a tram late on the previous evening.

Morrison said he was "sickened" and "disturbed" by the attack.

The body of Aiia Maasarwe, 21, was found near La Trobe University in the city's north.

Local police released footage showing the student making her way home shortly before the attack.

"Someone in the community knows about this". "Somebody has come home ... maybe with blood them, missing items of clothing".

She was on the phone to her younger sister at the time. Aiia'a mother as well as two of her other sisters still live in the northern Israeli town of Baqa al-Gharbiyye near Haifa.

She had been on the phone with her sister, who heard the phone fall and voices.

Maasarwe's body was found early Wednesday in Bundoora, a suburb about 16 kilometers (10 miles) from Melbourne's center.

Police have raided a house in Bundoora. "The likelihood of you being a victim is very remote".

Ms Maasarwe's sister, anxious about Aiia, is reported to have called Australian police around the same time the body was found on Thursday morning outside a shopping centre.

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She has not caught public transport since her attack.

Her father had left Israel for Melbourne in a bid to co-ordinate her body's return home, Mr Katane told the newspaper.

"Women's lives are important and they matter and we can't keep watching as women are murdered by men", event organiser and feminist writer Karen Pickering told AAP.

On Thursday afternoon the Israeli embassy expressed its condolences to Maasarwe's family.

The extent of Aiia's injuries and cause of her death is yet to be released out of respect of her family.

"This is a horrendous crime that has been inflicted on an innocent member of our community".

"The safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is of paramount importance and we are providing every possible support following this tragic incident". She was sexually assaulted and killed in a park.

On Thursday afternoon Heidelberg Heights teen Stella Tzevakos visited the Polaris shopping centre with her mother Dimi.

"She should have been safe here". "You can say things like don't go out at night but why should we have to compromise our lifestyles". "We will do everything we can to make sure that that happens".

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