Israel student killed in Melbourne while on phone with sister.
A 21-year-old Israeli student was attacked and killed in Melbourne, Australia while speaking with her sister on the phone, police say.
The body of Aiia Maasarwe, 21, was found near LaTrobe University in the city’s north. She had taken a tram home late on Wednesday after a comedy show.
Her sister “heard the sound of the phone falling to the ground and heard some voices”, officer Andrew Stamper said.
Police are searching for the killer.
They have not ruled out the possibility that Ms Maasarwe was sexually assaulted, Melbourne’s Age newspaper says, with known sex offenders “an active line of inquiry”.
“Our presumption at this stage is that this was a random attack and opportunistic.” Detective Inspector Stamper told reporters.
Ms Maasarwe’s sister, worried about Aiia, is reported to have called Australian police around the same time the body was found on Thursday morning outside a shopping centre.