Aiia’s body to be released from coroner
A family's wish to have their daughter Aiia Maasarwe returned to them is due to be granted, with her body expected to be released today.
The Victorian coroner was due to give Ms Maasarwe's body to a funeral director this afternoon to repatriate, AAP was told on Sunday.
Her father Saeed reportedly told mourners at a tribute held earlier in the day, at the site where she'd been found dead, he hoped her body would be released today.
"Take her home for a proper burial and funeral," he told The Age.
The news comes as about 1000 people gathered outside a mosque in Israel on Saturday calling for the return of the Palestinian Arab of Israeli citizenship's body.
"The Land Wants Aiia Back," read some of the placards, while others called for an end to violence against women across the globe.
They chanted "we need Aiia home," "we are all Aiia's sister's, Aiia is the daughter of all of us".
Noor Maasarwe said she'd been watching the news when she realised her sister had been found dead in Melbourne.
"They didn't say for who it was," Ms Maasarwe told Nine News on Sunday from Israel.
"But it matches all the details. It was on the same road. Everything. I was just praying that it's not her.
"But then I saw the shoes and her phone ... I was sure it was her."
Her family had previously thought the international student had been kidnapped or had fallen while on her way home from a comedy show in Melbourne. Ms Maasarwe had been speaking to her sister on the phone when she was attacked after alighting a tram in Bundoora.
Her body was found about 7am on Wednesday.
Aspiring rapper Codey Herrmann, 20, is due to appear in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday accused of her rape and murder.