January 19, 2019 15:12:23
Police have charged a 20-year-old man over the death of Arab-Israeli exchange student Aiia Maasarwe, whose body was found near a tram stop in Melbourne’s north on Wednesday.
Ms Maasarwe, 21, was on her way home from a night out at a comedy club when she was attacked.
Her body was found behind a hedge outside a nearby shopping centre in Bundoora, about 100 metres from the tram stop, which is on the Route 86 tram line.
A man from the adjacent suburb of Greensborough has been charged with one count of murder and is expected to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today.
The charges follow an outpouring of grief from Melburnians overnight with hundreds gathering to pay their respects and to support Ms Maasarwe’s father, who was present at a city vigil.
Students at La Trobe — where Ms Maasarwe was midway through a one-year exchange — held a vigil for her on Friday afternoon.
Another silent vigil took place on the steps of Victoria’s Parliament House in the evening, and a special tram carrying only flowers departed from there at 8:01pm.
It followed the route of her final journey to Bundoora.
January 19, 2019 14:49:45