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
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’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
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.’