An Israeli exchange student was killed in Australia while on FaceTime with her sister.
The body of 21-year-old Aiia Maasarwe was found on January 16 Near La Trobe University where she was attending. A 20-year-old suspect was arrested on January 18 in connection with her killing. He was apprehended six miles from Bundoora, the suburb where Maasarwe was found.
Maasarwe was on a video call with her sister while walking home from the Comic’s Lounge in North Melbourne on the night of January 15.
“Her sister was one the phone with her, she was on FaceTime, and she heard what happened,” Maasarwe’s Uncle Rame told The Guardian. “The phone has fallen down, but she heard the voices over the phone.”
Police released photos of a t-shirt and hat found at the crime scene as well as security footage of Maasarwe from the night she was killed. Police have not confirmed if she was sexually assaulted.
Her killing came six months after 22-year-old Australian comedian Eurydice Dixon was raped and killed after leaving a comedy club in Melbourne. 19-year-old Jaymes Todd was charged with her rape and murder.
The killings have sparked a national debate over the safety of women in Melbourne.