Rapper charged over death of Israeli student in Melbourne

Australian rapper Codey Herrmann has been charged over the death of an Israeli exchange student.

Aiia Maasarwe was killed in Melbourne while she was on FaceTime to her sister.

The 21-year-old exchange student’s  body was found partially clothed in bushes in Bundoora in the north of the city last Wednesday morning.

Israeli student attacked and killed in Melbourne while on FaceTime to sister

She had taken a tram home after a comedy show on Tuesday evening. 

Herrmann, an aspiring rapper, appeared at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Friday (local time) and was charged with murder.

News.com.au reports he hung his head the entire time and didn’t enter a plea.  

Ms Maasarwe was on the phone to her sister Ruba at the time of the attack

Her sister told police she "heard the sound of the phone falling to the ground and heard some voices," 9 News reports. 

'I heard her screaming and screaming and then the call was cut off.' 

Aiia's uncle, Rame Maasarwe, spoke to 9News, saying her death was the "last thing" he expected in Australia.

"You never think anything (like this will) happen in Australia, it's a very safe place."

He described his niece as very energetic and always smiling. 

Ms Maasarwe had only been in Melbourne for around six months on a study abroad programme at La Trobe University. 

The University says the community is absolutely "shocked" and "saddened" by her death.


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