Israeli Student's Death Sparks Vigils In Melbourne
The death of an international student murdered just moments after getting off a tram in Melbourne's north has sparked a series of vigils in her honour and against male violence.
A series of gatherings will take place across Melbourne on Friday to pay tribute to another young woman lost to violence.https://t.co/3oeVRQ5w56— SBS News (@SBSNews) January 17, 2019
A service will be held on the steps of the Victorian parliament on Friday night for Aiia Maasarwe, 21, with people to wear black and remain silent in protest against male harm towards women.
Police are asking for the public's help to work out the final movements of Aiia Maasarwe, who was murdered after stepping off a Melbourne tram and while talking to her sister on Facetime in China. @cassiezervos #TheLatest #7News pic.twitter.com/ldAvO3zrxA— 7 News Melbourne (@7NewsMelbourne) January 17, 2019
"Women's lives are important and they matter and we can't keep watching as women are murdered by men," event organiser and feminist writer Karen Pickering told AAP.
A vigil will be held tonight on the steps of parliament for Aiia Maasarwe brutally killed in Bundoora. Among the tributes at her shrine “RIP my dear you are in a better place” @TheTodayShow pic.twitter.com/QAKNIEmWjr— Christine Ahern (@ChristineAhern) January 17, 2019
"Aiia Maasarwe was like so many other women and girls - she was out meeting friends, exploring the city, taking in shows - she should've been able to do that safely.
"Aiia's death is part of an epidemic of male violence against women."
It will be the start of a series of demonstrations to be held every time a woman is killed by a man in a bid show respect to the fallen, she added.
The vigil is one of many Ms Pickering's organised for assaulted and murdered women in Melbourne including Eurydice Dixon, Masa Vukotic and Jill Meagher.
Mourners will then fill the 8.01pm route 86 tram towards Bundoora with flowers before organisers of another social media group take them to her makeshift memorial.
"If you can't attend the vigil, we encourage you to wait at your nearest 86 tram stop with a candle," the event states, noting red roses were one of her favourite flowers.
A tribute will be held earlier in the day at La Trobe University in Bundoora while another event is planned on Tuesday at the shopping centre, near where she was killed.
Police are scouring known sex offender records as they search for the person responsible for the "horrific attack", Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper said.
A black baseball cap emblazoned with '1986' and a Cotton On brand light grey t-shirt with dark colours on the shoulders and sleeves, found at the scene are believed to be the killer's.