View Full Version : Israeli student on phone to sister killed in 'horrific' attack in Melbourne

01-17-2019, 10:20 AM
By Joshua Berlinger (https://www.cnn.com/profiles/joshua-berlinger), CNN
Updated 8:05 AM ET, Thu January 17, 2019

(CNN) An Israeli student who was talking on the phone to her sister overseas has been killed in a "horrific attack" in Melbourne, Australia, police said -- a city consistently ranked among the world's safest places to live.

Victoria Police said the 21-year-old victim, Aiia Maasarwe, appeared to have been "seriously assaulted."

The La Trobe University student's body was found partially clothed in bushes early Wednesday in Bundoora, a suburb about 16 kilometers (10 miles) from Melbourne's center, CNN affiliate Nine News Australia reported (https://www.9news.com.au/2019/01/16/09/19/news-melbourne-body-found-in-bundoora).

The sister whom Maasarwe was talking to at the time of the attack alerted authorities.

LINK (https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/17/australia/melbourne-israeli-woman-dead-intl/index.html)