'Horrific attack': Student killed while on phone with sister

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"I wait for her, I still wait", Mr Maasarwe said. We think that's the time.

"There are a lot of things that need to change. and a lot of these changes can start with the government itself and the choices they choose to make", she said.

That followed a similar case in 2012, when Irish woman Jill Meagher was raped and murdered in Melbourne's inner north while walking home - prompting mass rallies to remember her and raise the issue of women's safety.

The family alerted police at around the same time that Ms Maasarwe's body was found at 7am on Wednesday near the tram stop.

"I want to be with her more time but someone decide I can not be".

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He also said the family was shocked by the news, and had believed Australia to be safe. "And despite that, we get this incredibly painful news", he said.

Several memorials are to be held on Friday, including one where mourners dressed in black will hold a silent vigil on the steps of the Victorian state parliament.

The body of the 21-year-old Maasarwe was found by passers-by near La Trobe University early on Wednesday. The tram will depart from Parliament Station and travel to Bundoora, where her body was found.

"I am absolutely determined that the La Trobe community will do everything in our power to ensure that this never happens again", Professor Dewar said. "We can not believe that something like this happened in Australia, we think it's very safe there".

The victim's uncle, Abed Katane, told Israel's Haaretz newspaper that Ms Maasarwe had been studying at Shanghai University and had spent recent months in Melbourne on a study-abroad programme.

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Campaigners on Friday called for an end to the "epidemic of violence against women" ahead of a vigil in memory Maasarwe.

Detectives are scouring a list of known sex offenders as they hunt the person responsible for the "horrific attack" upon the young Israeli woman, in suburban Bundoora. "Its weight is intolerable".

"There was a real heaviness to the silence", organiser Megan Bridger-Darling said.

"We would ask for anyone that may have dashcam footage, CCTV or may have seen anything here that could be a small piece in the jigsaw puzzle to contact Crimestoppers", Insp Stamper said.

"Today is about reflection and today is about Aiia and saying goodbye, not just to her but to all of the women who have been hurt".

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