A silent vigil was held Friday on the steps of Melbourne’s Parliament House following the death of 21-year-old Aiia Masarwe, who was allegedly assaulted and murdered on the morning of January 16.

The vigil did not have music or planned speakers although Aiia’s father Saeed addressed the attendees.

Hundreds turned up to honour the Israeli international student.

People, some holding candles, others brought flowers, while others sat on the steps of Parliament House as a way of paying their respects.

Attendees mostly wore black while a few held signs.

The vigil ran from 6-8 pm, but the people started to arrive earlier as early as 5pm.

Hundreds held vigil on the steps of Melbourne's Parliament house in support of slain international student Aiia Masarwe.
Hundreds held vigil on the steps of Melbourne’s Parliament house in support of slain international student Aiia Masarwe.
Attendees show protest with placards.
Attendees show protest with placards.
Some attendees brought flowers for Aiia.
Some attendees brought flowers for Aiia.
Saeed Masarwe held a candle while wiping off tears.
Saeed Masarwe held a candle while wiping off tears.

Aiia’s body was found on January 16 morning on Main Drive in Bundoora, less than 100 metres from a tram stop on Plenty Road. Police believe she stepped off the tram about 12.10am, bound for home after watching a comedy show in the city.

Aiia’s father Saeed spoke at the vigil at Parliament House and thanked the more than 1000 people who attended.

After that, he sat down on the steps next to a family friend and held a candle while wiping off his tears.

More photos available on Gregorio Images.

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