Australian police arrest man over Israeli student’s death

  • In this Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, photo, police investigators work at the scene where the body of Israeli student student Aiia Maasarwe was found in Melbourne, Australia. Australian police are looking for at least one attacker who killed the Israeli woman as she was walking on a city street speaking to her sister by phone. (Stefan Postles/AAP Image via AP)

  • Two women stand at a floral tribute, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, at the scene where the body of Israeli student Aiia Maasarwe was found earlier in the week in Melbourne, Australia. Maasarwe, a 21-year-old student who had been studying at La Trobe University in Melbourne, was slain at 12:10 a.m. on Wednesday shortly after she got off a tram in the suburb of Bundoora, according to police. (Ellen Smith/AAP Image via AP)

MELBOURNE, Australia — Police have arrested a man for questioning over the death of an Israeli student who was killed while walking home late at night this week in Australia’s second largest city.

Aiia Maasarwe was slain at 12:10 a.m. on Wednesday shortly after she got off a tram in the Melbourne suburb of Bundoora.

A police statement says a 20-year-old was taken into custody on Friday morning in the neighboring suburb of Greensborough.

Police did not say if any charges have been filed.

The 21-year-old victim was studying at La Trobe University in Melbourne as an exchange student from Shanghai University in China.

The Melbourne community has organized a vigil outside Victoria state parliament later Friday.

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