A 20-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday in Melbourne following the brutal death of Israeli student Aiia Maasarwe.
The man, who was not identified by the police but named it Codey Herrmann by local media, was arrested on Friday morning in the neighboring suburb of Greensborough, police said in a statement.
"Murder commanders have arrested a man as part of the ongoing investigation into the death of Johnny Aiia Maasarwe," police said.
The officers did not say if any charges had been filed. 19659005] ISRAELI EXCHANGE STUDENT, 21, MELBOURNE, ON TELEPHONE WITH SISTER: POLICE
According to reports, Hermann was an aspiring rapper who was only minutes away from the spot where Maasarwe's body had been found
Maasarwe was killed Wednesday at 12:20 in the morning after she left a suburb of Bundoora in Melbourne. She was in a video call with her sister abroad when she was brutally attacked.
Her body was found behind a hedge near the tram stop of passers-by. She was less than a mile from her house.
"Out of respect for the family, we're not going into details about injuries and the nature of the robbery," said Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper on Thursday. "This was an absolutely terrible, terrible attack inflicted on a completely innocent young woman who was a visitor to our city."
Prime Minister Scott Morrison revealed that she had been raped.
I have been devastated by the vile, tragic and violent killing and rape of Aiia Maasarwe, "Morrison told reporters in Fiji.
" Every woman in Australia – every person in Australia – should be able to to travel home in safety. I can "I'm not starting to think what I could say to her family," he added.
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Maasarwe was a student from China studying English at La Trobe University in Melbourne as an exchange student at Shanghai University in China.
Her father, Saeed Maasarwe, arrived in Melbourne on Thursday to bring her body home. He cried on Friday when he saw an impromptu floral monument that was arranged by members of the public at the place where their body was found.
"This is the last place my daughter was here," he said. "I had many dreams of being with her."
He added, "I am very sad from one side, but from another, when I get this support and help from the people, from the church, from the police, hear this The suffering at least feels a little better.
Saeed joined the thousands of mourners during a vigil on the steps of the Victoria Parliament Thursday night in protest of male violence and in protest of male violence with the thousands of mourners.
He thanked the crowd for coming and said if If someone else had died, his daughter would be "the first" to come to the vigil.
"This is Aiia," he said before crumpling.
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Victoria Police released CCTV images of Maasarwe showing the clothes she wore that night in the hope that someone has seen her and can help the police to their exact moves
Maasarwe's death dies only six months after rising comedian Eurydice Dixon was raped and killed on a way home from a comedy club in Melbourne last June.
Melbourne is Australia's second largest city and attracts more than 200,000 students from all over the world to study. Despite the two deaths, Melbourne is widely considered one of the safest cities in the world.
"It's a terrible tragedy," said Victoria Mikakos, state health minister living in the Bundoora district. "As a government, we will do everything we can to support the family and friends of this woman, and I will speak to her family and friends at this terrible, terrible time."