International student Aiia Maasarwe loved Melbourne, the city in which she lost her life and where on Friday police arrested a man in connection with the 21-year-old's appalling death.
The 20-year-old suspect was being questioned by detectives as Ms Maasarwe's emotional father welcomed news of the arrest and revealed details of his ever-smiling daughter.
"She loved this city and the university ... very much," Saeed Maasarwe told reporters as he visited the site where his daughter's body was found on Wednesday.
"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."
Mr Maasarwe travelled to Australia after the news his daughter, a Palestinian Arab of Israeli citizenship, had been found dead in the northern suburb of Bundoora following a night out with friends.
"She is all the time smiling. She loved people. She had very big opinions, her mind open for everything," Mr Maasarwe said of Aiia.
"She liked to study different cultures, different nationalities."
Detectives said she suffered a "horrific" assault.
The man accused in connection with the fatal attack is a self-described aspiring songwriter and rapper who has multiple social media accounts featuring posts about drugs, Aboriginal people and depression.
"Suicidal thoughts yeah, I've walked the line. The real fight was keeping all the demons in my mind on the inside," he rapped in a song posted to a website three months ago.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison described the death as the "most despicable of crimes".
"Every woman in Australia, every person in Australia, should be able to travel home in safety," he told reporters.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews also expressed his sadness.
"She should have been safe here. And I am heartbroken she wasn't," Mr Andrews tweeted.
The first in a number of planned vigils for Ms Maasarwe was held on Friday at La Trobe University, where she attended college.
Mr Maasarwe waited until the crowds had left to inspect the tribute to his daughter - a framed photograph surrounded by candles and flowers.
"I feel very sad from one side but from another side when I hear this support and this help from the people, from the community, from the police, this is makes the suffer feel at least a little more better," he said.
Mr Maasarwe also attended another vigil at Melbourne's Parliament House on Friday where he sat among the hundreds gathered, wiping tears and holding a candle lit for his daughter.
"We appreciate all the people, the community here. It is really helpful, support it," he told reporters, saying she'd always see the good in a bad situation.
"She enjoyed, she had a good time here but then this has come, the very worst. The most worst it can be."
Ms Maasarwe's death is not the first time Victoria has been left reeling by such a tragedy.
It follows the murder of aspiring comedian Eurydice Dixon, 22, last year and previously the deaths of Masa Vukotic, 17, and Jill Meagher, 29.
Australian Associated Press