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Man Charged With Rape And Murder Of Aiia Maasarwe

Police have charged a 20-year-old man over the death of the Palestinian student.

Codey Herrmann, was arrested on Friday in the Melbourne suburb of Greensborough.

The 20-year-old was charged with one count of murder and one count of rape.

Eleven days ago an eerie post appeared on Herrmann's Facebook page, under his rapper name 'Kody Wrex'.

"International girl Of mystery You knows who you are," the post said.

Image: Facebook

Maasarwe's body was found near a tram stop in Melbourne's north on Wednesday.

Police believe the 21-year-old, who was studying at La Trobe University, was attacked soon after she stepped off the tram about 12.10am.

The Palestinian Arab with Israeli citizenship, was killed while on the phone with her sister.

Image: Facebook

She was heading home after watching a comedy gig in the city.

On Friday night hundreds of people attended a vigil for the murdered international student.

Aiia Maasarwe (left) was an exchangei student studying at La Trobe University. Image: Facebook

Herrmann appeared before Melbourne's Magistrates' Court on Saturday afternoon.

Magistrate John Doherty asked Herrmann if he knew what he had been charged with. Herrmann replied “yes”.

“It’s alleged you murdered Aiia Maasarwe and it's alleged you raped that person,”  Doherty said.

In a statement released Saturday afternoon, Victorian Police thanked the community and the media for the assistance that they have provided during this investigation.

Herrmann will return to court on Monday.

Contact the author alattouf@networkten.com.au