Codey Herrmann, under arrest for the alleged murder of Aiia Maasarwe, is driven in to the Victoria Police Centre for questioning. Picture: Alex Coppel.
Codey Herrmann, under arrest for the alleged murder of Aiia Maasarwe, is driven in to the Victoria Police Centre for questioning. Picture: Alex Coppel.

Melbourne rap artist charged with murdering Aiia Maasarwe

Three days after Aiia Maasarwe was tragically found dead metres from her Melbourne tram stop, a 20-year-old man has been charged with her murder.

Codey Hermann, 20, faced Melbourne Magistrates' Court just after 3pm today, charged with one count of murder.

Mr Herrmann, 20, was an aspiring rap artist and regularly posted lyrics from his songs on a Facebook page under the rap name McCodez.

Codey Herrmann, who was arrested over Aiia Maasarwe’s alleged murder, went to school just minutes from where her body was found.
Codey Herrmann, who was arrested over Aiia Maasarwe’s alleged murder, went to school just minutes from where her body was found.

 

On one of his Facebook pages under the name Kody Wrex, Mr Herrmann posted on January 8 this year an eerie messages which says, "international girl of mystery, you knows who you are".

As a teenage schoolboy, Mr Herrmann went missing from his school just a few blocks from the tram stop where a passer-by found Ms Maasarwe's body in bushes on Wednesday morning.

The accused only graduated from Bundoora Secondary College in 2016.

A year earlier as a schoolboy, Mr Herrmann made news after he went missing for two weeks from the college.

One of Mr Herrmann's Facebook pages links to a rap song RBGY by McCodez who sings a song with lyrics talking about "suicidal thoughts".

The song, posted on Mr Herrmann's Facebook page last October includes the lyrics, "suicidal thoughts, yeah I'll walk the line … keeping all the demons in my mind".

Other lyrics include, "no-one ever taught me how to live a normal life" and "you ain't going to mess with me".

Israeli student Aiia Maasarwe was killed in Melbourne and her body found on Wednesday.
Israeli student Aiia Maasarwe was killed in Melbourne and her body found on Wednesday.

Just last week, on January 11, Mr Herrman posted 18 times in the one day on his Kody Wrex Facebook page.

Police arrested Mr Herrmann on Friday and took him to the Victoria Police Centre for questioning.

Ms Maasarwe a Palestinian Arab of Israeli citizenship, had been living in Melbourne and studying at La Trobe University for about five months as part of an exchange program through Shanghai University.

Her distraught father Saeed Maasarwe arrived in Melbourne on Thursday to identify her body. At the site where his daughter's body was found, he tearfully recounted his daughter's short time here.

People leave floral tributes where the body of Aiia Maasarwe was found near the Polaris Shopping centre in Bundoora. Picture: Ellen Smith
People leave floral tributes where the body of Aiia Maasarwe was found near the Polaris Shopping centre in Bundoora. Picture: Ellen Smith

"She loved this city and the university … very much," Mr Maasarwe said.

"I had a plan to come at the end of January … to be together with her for vacation with her sister, the older sister, to be with her for two weeks or 10 days.

"We want to go to many places here in Australia."

Ms Maasarwe was found on this spot, just minutes from where Mr Herrmann went to school, graduating in 2016. Picture: Ellen Smith
Ms Maasarwe was found on this spot, just minutes from where Mr Herrmann went to school, graduating in 2016. Picture: Ellen Smith
     


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