Man charged with murder of Israeli exchange student in Melbourne

Man charged with murder of Israeli exchange student in Melbourne

Mr Maasarwe also attended another vigil at Melbourne's Parliament House on Friday where he sat among the hundreds gathered, wiping tears and holding a candle lit for his daughter.

"This is the last place my daughter - was here", he said.

Australia police arrested a man in connection to the murder of Israeli student Aiia Maasarwe this morning, two days after her body was found in Melbourne, AFP reports.

"In anger that this bright young woman's life was taken from her".

It is the second time in seven months a woman has been killed on her way home from a night out in Melbourne.

The Palestinian Arab with Israeli citizenship, was killed while on the phone with her sister.

Her body was discovered Wednesday morning, not far from where police believe she had gotten off the tram on her way home.

A 20-year-old man was arrested on Friday in a joint operation between homicide detectives and local police.

Global student advocacy group ISANA said it was saddened by the news and urged the public to assist the police in their investigation, adding it would provide support for La Trobe staff affected by the events.

On Friday night hundreds of people attended a vigil for the murdered worldwide student. "As a government, we will do whatever is required to support this woman's family and friends and I extend my sympathy to her family and friends at this awful, bad time".

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"We shouldn't have these one-off vigils", she added.

Campaigners have called for an end to the "epidemic of violence against women" in the city.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who visited by the site of the murder with his family, said on Twitter he was to meet with Maasarwe's father who came to Melbourne.

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

Maasarwe's father is in Melbourne but it was not clear if he would attend the vigil.

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

"She heard the sound of the fall, the phone falling to the ground and heard some voices and that was it", he said. She was on a video call with her sister - who was overseas - when she was brutally attacked.

The death of an worldwide student murdered just moments after getting off a tram in Melbourne's north has sparked a series of vigils in her honour and against male violence.

The Times of Israel say Israel's diplomats in Canberra and the Foreign Ministry's Department for Israelis Abroad are working to bring the woman's body home to Israel for burial.

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