Friday 19 July 2019

Student attacked and killed while on FaceTime with sister

 

Police investigators at the scene where Israeli student Aiia Maasarwe was found in Melbourne, Australia (Stefan Postles/AAP Image via AP)
Police investigators at the scene where Israeli student Aiia Maasarwe was found in Melbourne, Australia (Stefan Postles/AAP Image via AP)

Jonathan Pearlman

Police in Australia are hunting the killer of a 21-year-old exchange student who was attacked in Melbourne while speaking to her sister on a FaceTime phone call.

Aiia Maasarwe, an Israeli student who was visiting Melbourne as part of her studies at Shanghai University, had attended a comedy show and was walking from a tram stop to her accommodation in the suburb of Bundoora at about 12.10am on Wednesday when she was assaulted.

Police said Ms Maasarwe was talking to her sister, who was overseas, when she was attacked. Ms Maasarwe's body was found at about 7am on Wednesday behind a hedge near a shopping centre.

Two other Melbourne murders led to an outcry about violent attacks against women. Last year, Eurydice Dixon (22) was killed, and in 2012 Jill Meagher, a 29-year-old Irish woman, was killed walking home from a pub.

Irish Independent

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