Australian Police Investigate Street Slaying of Israeli

Australian Police Investigate Street Slaying of Israeli

Police sources described the murder next to a Bundoora shopping centre early on Wednesday as "horrendous as you could get". She was sexually assaulted and killed in a park.

Detectives believe it was then that she was attacked on the footpath, less than 50 metres from the tram stop.

He called for anyone who saw someone wearing those clothes, or knows someone who owns those clothes, to contact police.

Known sex offenders in the area are an "active line of inquiry", he added.

"Certainly the tram that Aiia was on that night does have CCTV, there was footage that has been provided to Victoria Police".

"Somebody in the community knows who did this".

One of her La Trobe University classmates, who requested not to be named, said Ms Maasarwe had been at a comedy show in North Melbourne on Tuesday night. "The phone has fallen down, but she heard the voices over the phone".

She had been speaking with her sister on the phone at the time of the attack and her sister alerted authorities, DI Stamper said. "It was quite refreshing to talk to her", he said.

"Her sister was on the phone with her, she was on FaceTime, and she heard what happened", he said.

Masarwe's body was discovered by passers by in the Melbourne suburb of Bundoora on Wednesday morning, and police appealed for information from anyone who was in the area between 11pm on Tuesday night and 1am on Wednesday morning.

Police said forensic testing was being conducted on two pieces of clothing found nearby that they believe was likely to have been left by the person responsible for her death.

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He said Ms Maasarwe had been in Australia for about six months and lived in a small apartment near the university.

"What's on that footage and what other images they've obtained I can't comment on". "I think the answer is in the community".

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.

Detectives have released CCTV images of the young student leaving the comedy club late in the evening.

Footage from a Melbourne tram ridden by an worldwide student before she was murdered has been handed to police, who are hunting her killer.

Inspector Stamper said she was only about 1 kilometre from her home when she was attacked.

"It's not something that people can turn around and say "well she was asking for it", it's an unassailable piece of absolute heartbreak", said Ms Eckersley.

The Age reports investigators are waiting for the woman's family to formally identify the body.

On Thursday afternoon the Israeli embassy expressed its condolences to Maasarwe's family. "She wasn't in a very unsafe country at all, and yet we are still receiving such a painful message", Mr Katane told the Haaretz newspaper.

On Thursday afternoon Heidelberg Heights teen Stella Tzevakos visited the Polaris shopping centre with her mother Dimi. "In Melbourne? It's not safe?" he asked. "I was very proud of her, she was a very good person, a very loving person".

Detectives say it is likely Ms Masarwe had been travelling on the route 86 tram from Docklands overnight.

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