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

People attend a vigil in memory of murdered Israeli student Aya Maasarwe in Melbourne

People attend a vigil in memory of murdered Israeli student Aya Maasarwe in Melbourne

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".

Kylie Jenner Responds to Latest Pregnancy Rumors | Kylie Jenner
Immediately after posting the tweet, fans began to flood Jenner's comments with what they thought her tweet was alluding to. She also hinted that the project has nothing to do with a possible collaboration with another fellow beauty influencer.

"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".

Recommended News

  • It's so cold, parts of Niagara Falls are frozen

    It's so cold, parts of Niagara Falls are frozen

    Despite the storm bringing dangerously freezing temperatures across the Northeast, people seem to be enjoying the view. Emma Graham told CNN she felt like she was in "Elsa's castle".
    DeMarcus Cousins joins Klay Thompson in disdain for frenzied media coverage

    DeMarcus Cousins joins Klay Thompson in disdain for frenzied media coverage

    As good of a post scorer as Cousins is, what separates him from other big men is his ability to consistently knock down 3s. Emma Stone, Jennifer Garner (who sat with team owner Steve Ballmer), Ellen Pompeo and Billy Crystal attended.
    Carrie Bradshaw Is Back, Y’all!

    Carrie Bradshaw Is Back, Y’all!

    Revealing very little about the project at hand, the actress revealed Carrie, her "old friend" will make "a brief reappearance". The company will provide access to clean water to people in developing countries for each bottle of beer sold.
  • Rumor: Grizzlies have been quietly gauging trade market for Marc Gasol

    Rumor: Grizzlies have been quietly gauging trade market for Marc Gasol

    Conley can be terminated from his contract early in 2020-2021 and would receive $22.4 million of his $34.5 salary guaranteed. The Grizzlies drafted Conley, 31, out of Ohio State with the No. 4 pick in the 2007 National Basketball Association draft.
    Nasa replaces astronaut for 1st Boeing mission to ISS

    Nasa replaces astronaut for 1st Boeing mission to ISS

    He also visited the station in 2011 during STS-134, the shuttle Endeavour's final mission. This will be Fincke's fourth trip to space since joining the astronaut corps in 1996.
    Reds, Yankees finalize Sonny Gray trade after righty signs extension, reports say

    Reds, Yankees finalize Sonny Gray trade after righty signs extension, reports say

    The reported $30 million extension the Reds gave Gray over the next three years is a discount - if Sonny can keep the clouds away. Sanmartin, 22, walked just four batters while striking out 58 in 67.1 innings for four Yankees minor-league teams last season.
  • White House denies reports of canceled trade meeting

    White House denies reports of canceled trade meeting

    The US Treasury Department and Office of the US Trade Representative did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Kudlow said Liu and his top deputy will come to Washington this month and that there's "no cancellation".
    South Korea lose Ki to hamstring injury

    South Korea lose Ki to hamstring injury

    The defender, who had only come on 10 minutes earlier, scored with a diving header at the far post following Lee Yong's cross. Ki Sung-yeung is set to return to Newcastle after picking up an injury whilst on worldwide duty with South Korea .
    Pro-Brexit campaigner James Dyson to move headquarters  to Singapore

    Pro-Brexit campaigner James Dyson to move headquarters to Singapore

    The company confirmed that the majority of its product development will remain based in the south west of England. Rowan said, "The move is nothing to do with Brexit or tax, it's about making sure we are future proofed".
  • Edwards, Eastern lead Purdue past No. 25 IN  70-55

    Edwards, Eastern lead Purdue past No. 25 IN 70-55

    Justin Smith scored 15 points, but IN (12-6, 3-4) lost its fourth straight and likely will drop out of the Top 25 on Monday. If Indiana does not figure out things soon, then they could miss out on the NCAA tournament for the third straight season.
    Horse jockey almost  falls off but ends up winning race in Ireland

    Horse jockey almost falls off but ends up winning race in Ireland

    That resulted in the rider being flung forward, desperately clinching the mare's neck as he attempted to regain balance.
    Esports racing pro outraces former Formula 1 driver

    Esports racing pro outraces former Formula 1 driver

    As you can see, the commentators were left a bit speechless, because nobody saw Bonito winning the race ahead of the event. Of course, as racing esports continues to grow, people will be less and less surprised when this type of stuff happens.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.