Vigils held in Australia for murdered Israeli student

Aiia Maasarwe: Israeli student, 21, killed in Melbourne as she spoke to her sister on mobile

Israeli student found dead in Melbourne

A man has been charged over the rape and murder of global student Aiia Maasarwe in Melbourne.

According to government figures, one in five women, and one in 20 men, have experienced sexual violence or threats since the age of 15.

"The human cost of male violence is staggering, the incalculable social trauma and human misery it engenders is soul destroying".

The Israeli embassy in Australia issued a statement confirming her death and offering its support to the family.

Floral tributes are left at the scene
Floral tributes are left at the scene

Since his wife's murder, Meagher has acted as a staunch advocate for women's rights and women's safety.

It will be the start of a series of demonstrations to be held every time a woman is killed by a man in a bid show respect to the fallen, she added.

"I want to be with her more time".

A brutal, opportunist killer is on the loose in Melbourne, with Australian police desperately appealing to the community for information as they investigate the murder of 21-year-old Israeli student Aiia Maasarwe.

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It's understood Ms Maasarwe was driven by friends from the club into the CBD, where she caught the Route 86 tram from Bourke Street about 10.50pm.

Police have not detailed the attack on Maasarwe, which they assume was random and opportunistic.

Aiia Maasarwe (left) was an exchangei student studying at La Trobe University. "She loved people. She had very big opinions, her mind open for everything", Mr Maasarwe said of Aiia.

Maasarwe was reportedly planning to go to China to work with her father's business after her studies.

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Described as intelligent, amusing and gifted in learning new languages, the 21-year-old only arrived in Melbourne five months ago for a one-year exchange program at La Trobe University. She was on a video call with her sister - who was overseas - when she was brutally attacked. He cried Friday when he saw an impromptu floral memorial arranged by members of the public at the site where her body was found. "She wasn't in a very risky country at all, and yet we are still receiving such a painful message", Mr Katane told the Haaretz newspaper.

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.

"The 20-year-old will face Melbourne Magistrates' Court shortly. She can make everything even from the worst situation happy and joke", he said, noting she enjoyed her time in Melbourne.

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