Published: Sat, January 19, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Aiia Maasarwe: 20-year old Melbourne man charged over Bundoora killing

Aiia Maasarwe: 20-year old Melbourne man charged over Bundoora killing

Mr Morrison stopped by the site by a shopping centre vehicle park at Bundoora on Saturday, just hours before a 20-year-old suspect was officially charged with her rape and murder.

A 20-year-old man from the outer suburbs of Melbourne was arrested this morning, police said.

"Homicide Squad detectives have charged a man with murder following the death of Aiia Maasarwe", Vic Police said in a statement on Saturday. Police did not say whether any charges have been filed.

Family members arrived from Israel on Thursday.

Mr Maasarwe travelled to Australia after the news his daughter, a Palestinian Arab of Israeli citizenship, had been found dead in the Melbourne northern suburb of Bundoora following a night out with friends.

"The smile the way she talking for everything, she looking to do everything in the best way".

Ms Maasarwe's body was found by passers-by around 50 metres from the stop where she exited a tram. According to the BBC, he has traveled to Australia to identify the body.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison revealed that she had been raped.

"I just want to begin by saying how devastated I am by the despicable, tragic and violent killing and rape of Aiia Maasarwe", he told reporters in Fiji.

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"I had a plan to come at the end of January ... to be together with her for vacation with her sister, the older sister, to be with her for two weeks or 10 days".

On the night she was killed, she had been to a comedy gig and was less than 1km (0.7 miles) from her home.

On Friday, her father Saeed Maasarve stopped by a floral memorial to his daughter at La Trobe University. Her father had a business in China, Australian media reported.

The Melbourne community has organized a vigil outside Victoria state parliament later Friday.

He thanked the crowd for coming and said if someone else had died, his daughter would "be the first" to come to the vigil.

A woman holding back tears at the event said: "It's just so sad, she seemed like such a lovely girl".

One of her classmates, who asked not to be named, also told the publication that Maasarwe had asked him and some other classmates to attend the show with her but he wasn't able to attend.

She had taken a tram home late on Wednesday after a comedy show.

Some of the organisers were the same ones who organised a vigil for Eurydice Dixon, a 22-year-old local comedian who was killed in a Melbourne park last year as she was going home.

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