Waterloo Regional Police had said Hasan crossed the border shortly after her death, but investigators remained in contact with him while he was on the loose.
Facing a charge of second-degree murder, Hasan sat in the prisoners box of a packed courtroom in Kitchener Monday morning. He was shackled, wore a white t-shirt and brown pants. His appearance has not changed compared to the photos of him circulating online.
He only spoke with his legal representation and briefly addressed the court, but did not look into the gallery where Vasilije’s family and friends sat.
Callie Hummel, who knew Vasilije through a friend, said she got light-headed when she saw Hasan in court.
“I’m still hot, my hands are soaked, I got really dizzy, like almost faint. It was pretty hard,” she said afterwards.
Vasilije’s mother and sister were in court too, but declined to speak with reporters.
“I couldn’t even look at them or I would’ve broke down. I made sure I didn’t look at them. It was very emotional,” Hummel said, who was seated across the aisle from Vasilije’s family.
Hasan remains in custody and will make another court appearance via video link next week.