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Police Have Arrested A 20-Year-Old Man Over The Murder Of Aiia Maasarwe

A silent vigil will be held outside Victorian parliament for murdered student Aiia Maasarwe

Victoria Police have  arrested a 20-year-old man over the murder of 21-year old student Aiia Maasarwe in Melbourne on Tuesday night.

The man was reportedly arrested after police conducted forensic tests on a cap and a t-shirt that were found discarded near Maasarwe’s body.

“We have very good reason to believe that these items were discarded by the offender,” a Victoria Police spokesperson said yesterday, saying the clothing was “the key to solving this crime” and appealing to the community to come forward if they had any information about the owner of the garments.

“This is a horrendous crime that has been inflicted on an innocent member of our community.” Police also said yesterday that “the presumption at this stage is that this was a random, opportunistic attack”.

Maasarwe’s body was found by passers by in the Melbourne suburb of Bundoora early on Wednesday morning. Police believe she was assaulted and killed on her way home from a comedy show on Tuesday night. At the time of the attack, Maasarwe was on the phone to her sister, who said heard the phone suddenly fall to the ground mid-conversation.

Maasarwe’s death has been met with sadness and outrage by the community, and hundreds are expected to attend a silent vigil planned for tonight on the steps of Victorian Parliament.

We’ve contacted Victoria Police for further information, and we’ll update this story when they respond.