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Thankful family takes Aiia home to Israel

The family of murdered exchange student Aiia Maasarwe has left Australia with more than just bad memories.

Relatives boarded a flight out of Melbourne on Tuesday with numerous notes, artworks and other tributes which have been left since the 21-year-old was found dead last week.

Her father, Saeed Maasarwe on Tuesday afternoon again became tearful as he prepared to jet home to Israel with his daughter's body.

A companion told reporters that a selection of items left in tribute to Aiia will be taken to the family's home at Baka al Gharbiyye, an hour north of Tel Aviv, with plans to use them as part of a shrine.

One of Aiia's sisters, Noor, posted on Instagram an artwork with the words "Dare to Dream", noting that her sibling had big dreams.

"She was living a dream in Melbourne, a dream that ended up being worst (sic) than a nightmare," she wrote.

Noor had been on the phone to Aiia when she was attacked at the northern suburb of Bundoora last week.

"Violence against women is not a women issue, it is a men issue.

"No one deserve to be treated like that."

But Noor also left Australia with a positive message.

"A BIG thanks to the people of Australia, Baqa al Gharbiyye and people from around the world for their love, care and support. Reminding us that there are still good people in the world."

At a Dandenong mosque last night where hundreds of people gathered in tribute to Aiia Mr Maasarwe made a heartfelt plea for "more peace".

"We want to make the world more peace (sic) and more safety and more beautiful, and more smile and more forgive each other. This is the message we want to send. This is not me, but Aiia," he told reporters.

"I wish all the people see the light and go to the light. Don't be in the dark. And to think positive."

The body of the Palestinian Arab of Israeli citizenship will be buried in line with her Muslim faith after a funeral on Wednesday.

Mr Maasarwe visited the spot at the northern suburb of Bundoora where his daughter was found last Wednesday morning.

The night before the student of a college at La Trobe University had alighted a tram and was walking home after visiting a city comedy club.

Codey Herrmann, 20, has been charged with Ms Maasarwe's rape and murder.

Victorian upper house MP Jeff Bourman has used Ms Maasarwe's death in a renewed push for the legalisation of "non-lethal self-defence" items.

The Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party representative has previously called for "people of good standing" to be able to legally obtain items including a Taser and pepper spray to defend themselves.

"We need to allow innocent people the option to level the playing field," he said in statement.

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