Aya Maasarwe: Murdered student's body flown home from Australia

Hatfield's violence saw the boy go blind. Image Twitter 41 Action News

Hatfield's violence saw the boy go blind. Image Twitter 41 Action News

Thousands of people gathered in silence at Baqa al-Gharbiya, a town with a Muslim majority, as mourners carried the coffin containing Maasarwe's body to her family home.

Relatives, including her father Saeed Masarwe (right), had boarded a flight out of Melbourne on Tuesday.

As she made her final journey, a small vigil was held on Tuesday night near where Ms Maasarwe was murdered, with plans to plant a memorial tree and unveil a plaque at the site.

A 20-year-old, Codey Herrmann, was charged with her rape and murder and remanded in custody pending another hearing on Jun 7.

Details of the attack have been withheld from the public by the court at the request of prosecutors as Maasarwe's family have yet to be told, amid reports of the graphic nature of the information.

On Saturday, friends and family of Maasarwe rallied in her home town of Baqa al-Gharbiya in northern Israel for her body to be returned for burial, as Australian authorities investigated the case.

Maasarwe - who has asked local media to spell his daughter's name as "Aya" instead of "Aiia" as stated in her passport to reflect that she is a Palestinian of Israeli citizenship - is set to return to Israel with her body.

Mourners also gathered along the sandstone walls of Ms Maasarwe's old school in Baqa Al-Gharbiyye, as relatives and neighbours filed into her family's home to offer condolences.

One of Aiia's sisters, Noor, posted on Instagram an artwork with the words "Dare to Dream".

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"We tell women if they feel unsafe to make a call so that they can feel safe, but Aiia was on the phone with my sister Ruba when all that [happened]", she wrote.

'She was like angel, even when she born the first day, she was from the beginning everything special, really, the smile, the face, ' Mr Maasarwe said.

"No one deserve to be treated like that".

Other placards read: "Aiia your handsome soul will never be forgotten", and "Thanks to Australian people and Government for your solidarity and support".

"A lot of things needed to be arranged, however everyone was very helpful and we as a family are very grateful for all those people who helped", he said.

'I pray it is not true, I pray it is dream, I pray it's not Aiia, ' he told The Project.

"We want to make the world more peace, more safety, more lovely and more smiles", he said. "I wish all the people see the light, and go to the light, don't be in the dark".

"This is the message ... we want to send". "And to think positive".

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