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Hundreds Gather In Silent Vigil For Aiia Maasarwe

Hundreds of people have attended a vigil for murdered international student, Aiia Maasarwe.

Mourners began filling the steps of Victoria's State Parliament House in Melbourne before 5pm on Friday.

Dressed mostly in black, the crowd sat in silence for nearly three hours.

Red roses -- Maasarwe's favourite flower -- were then placed on a tram on route 86.

The group then travelled along the 86 tram route, just as Maasarwe did on Tuesday night, before finishing the vigil at the same place she died.

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Massarwe's father, Saeed, attended the vigil after arriving from China on Thursday.

The crowd applauded him as he thanked them for their support.

He was supposed to be meeting his daughter in Australia next month, so the two of them could visit Sydney together.

"She said I will wait for you, when you come we will go together," her father told 10 News First.

But now I wait for her, I still wait.

He also thanked members of the community who sent messages of support to their family.

"I appreciate all the people that sent message of support to us.... anyway that they support us. I appreciate everyone."

Saeed Masaawre. Image: AAP

Jess Gleeson, one of the event organisers, spoke to 10 News First about the importance of Friday's vigil.

"We wanted to create a space for people to reflect," she said.

"And to come together and understand why so many woman are killed at the hands of men."

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