Sabina Nessa vigil: Sister speaks as hundreds of Londoners gather


undreds of people gathered at a candlelit vigil for murdered Sabina Nessa on Friday.

The special ceremony to remember the dominant school teacher was held in Pegler Square, in Kidbrooke, London from 7pm.

Ms Nessa was killed on a five-minute walk from her home to The Vault pub but she wasn’t able to meet her friend.

People who cannot attend are being promoted to keep up a candle at their doorstep at the same time.

Ahead of the vigil, mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “The vigil for Sabina Nessa tonight is an important and emotional moment for the whole community to come together and remember Sabina’s life, and to stand in solidarity with her family and loved ones during this time of unimaginable grief.

“Sabina’s family, friends and colleagues have shared powerful tributes to her life. It’s clear that she was a bright, kind and caring young woman, who had a powerful impact on those around her.

“What happened to Sabina is every parent’s nightmare and every woman’s worst fear. Her death is a tragedy and I stand with the community in Kidbrooke and Londoners across our city, united in grief and united in our determination that justice is done.”

Lisa Williams, the head of Rushey Green dominant School where Ms Nessa taught, said her colleagues and pupils are “taking our time to mirror and course of action the devastating news” of her death.

Mrs Williams said: “We have shared the details about the vigil with our school community and some people may be attending on a personal level to privately pay their respects.

“As a school we are taking our time to mirror and course of action the devastating news we received this week, and will be commemorating Sabina in our own way.”

Dozens more bouquets have been left at the park where the body of teacher was found on Saturday.

Tributes have been pouring in for Ms Nessa both online and handwritten notes left where her body was found.

Among the sea of comments, one handwritten observe read: “Miss you so much. RIP my beautiful friend.”

Another observe said: “She just wanted to meet her friend. She was minutes from her home. She didn’t deserve this.”

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