‘We can’t believe something like that can happen in Australia’

Israeli student, 21, found dead outside a shopping centre in Melbourne as police investigate whether stalker raped and murdered her after following her off a tram
  • Israeli Aya Masarwe, 23, was found dead outside a Melbourne shopping centre
  • Student’s partially naked body was discovered not far from a tram stop
  • Detectives are investigating if the student was stalked from a tram and raped 
  • She was on her way home from a comedy gig when she was attacked, police fear 
  • ‘We can’t believe something like that can happen in Australia,’ her uncle said 
Aya Masarwe (pictured) has been identified as the young woman whose body was found outside a Melbourne shopping centre on Wednesday 
Aya Masarwe (pictured) has been identified as the young woman whose body was found outside a Melbourne shopping centre on Wednesday 

The family of an Israeli student found dead outside a Melbourne shopping centre have spoken of their grief.

Aya Masarwe’s partially naked body was found  by window washers in scrub outside the Polaris shopping centre in Bundoora at 7am on Wednesday and police are investigating whether she was raped and murdered.

The 21-year-old’s distraught uncle Rame Masarwe said his family were shocked by her death as they believed Australia was safe.

‘We can’t believe something like that can happen in Australia,’ he told Daily Mail Australia. ‘It’s crazy.’ 

‘(Her parents) are very angry of course. They are very mad,’ Mr Masarwe said. ‘This is not America or Europe, you know.’  

Aya Masarwe (pictured) has been identified as the young woman whose body was found outside a Melbourne shopping centre on Wednesday 

Aya Masarwe (pictured) has been identified as the young woman whose body was found outside a Melbourne shopping centre on Wednesday

Aya Masarwe's (left, with a friend) partially naked body was found by window washers in scrub outside the Polaris shopping centre on Main Drive near Plenty Road in the Melbourne suburb of Bundoora at 7am on Wednesday

Aya Masarwe’s (left, with a friend) partially naked body was found by window washers in scrub outside the Polaris shopping centre on Main Drive near Plenty Road in the Melbourne suburb of Bundoora at 7am on Wednesday

Shoes and a mobile phone were found nearby, as well as an abandoned vehicle on Main Drive with its hazard lights on 

Shoes and a mobile phone were found nearby, as well as an abandoned vehicle on Main Drive with its hazard lights on

The young woman is believed to have been on her way home from a comedy show the night she was killed 

The young woman is believed to have been on her way home from a comedy show the night she was killed

Miss Masarwe had been studying Chinese and English at Shanghai University, but has spent the past six months in Melbourne studying at La Trobe University.

The young woman is believed to have been on her way home from a comedy show the night she was killed, The Age reported.

Shoes and a mobile phone were found nearby, as well as an abandoned vehicle on Main Drive with its hazard lights on.

Miss Masarwe’s uncle said his brother had just arrived in Melbourne and remained in the dark about what had happened to his daughter.

‘He’s just arrived there now and knows nothing,’ he said.

‘We were told that she got murdered and it happened yesterday…that she was on the tram and that somebody attacked her. We’ve just been watching the news.’

9 thoughts on “‘We can’t believe something like that can happen in Australia’”

  1. Yeah and watch how they make it an issue that she is Israeli. They will make that more of an issue than her death itself. Because Israeli’s are more important than the goy.

    1. She was arab Israeli . Unsure if she was muslim or possibly a Christian. Whatever she was, she did nothing to deserve this fate – the POS that did this to her won’t be very happy at all at his future prospects.

  2. Yes, the West has grown much worse. Australia did this to its people in the last 40 years. Look what Merkel has done to her people. Et tu, Trudeau, Macron. Lots of snakes poisoning our gardens.

  3. One could only wonder if this was done by some of our most recent imports from Africa? I can feel a coverup coming on!

  4. There has been an arrest and there is a picture of the 20 year year old from Greensborough, with his face obscured at news.com.au

    1. and he does not at all look caucasian. Not African either. More like a Pakistani. If that was so, would make the situation one where a muslim man murdered a muslim woman. Can’t you just hear the imams saying ‘. . . . . see what happens when a muslim women doesn’t wear a hijab in Western society! She allowed the brother to make a mistake.”

      1. update: He was Caucasian. The ABC’s obscured image of his face, the tan and the beard made me think he was not. Good to see he was caught so early. Now he’ll have plenty of time to experience the repercussions of his actions.

  5. Good news people, looks like us “Whiteys” didn’t do it again this time.
    Looks like it was a member of our indigenous brethren. Goes to show you that murder and rape is not exclusively the undertakings of the white anglo saxon community. Watch the bleeding hearts come out from under their rocks saying he was oppressed, depressed, lonely or mistreated as a child so he expressed his frustrations by raping and murdering this poor young woman.

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