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A candlelit vigil for murdered teacher Sabina Nessa is taking place tonight

The 28-year-old was killed while walking to meet a friend last Friday in Kidbrooke Village, Greenwich

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Leonie Cooper
Chris Waywell

A candlelit vigil for murdered 28-year-old primary school teacher Sabina Nessa will take place tonight (Friday September 24).

Beginning at 7pm in Pegler Square, Kidbrooke Village, the vigil will pay tribute to Nessa, who was originally from Sandy in Bedfordshire and taught at Rushey Green Primary School in Lewisham.

In announcing the vigil, feminist direct action group Sisters Uncut wrote: ‘Sabina’s story is harrowing and heartbreaking, our love and rage goes out to her family and loved ones. We refuse to be trapped in this cycle of grief and we will not rest until women and non-binary people are safe.’

They added: ‘The increase of violence against women, particularly women of colour, has not gone unnoticed. We will join our sisters in mourning this Friday. We will not live in fear. Justice for Sabina.’

New police reports state that Nessa was on her way to meet a friend in The Depot pub in Kidbrooke Village – a five-minute walk from her home – when she was murdered on Friday September 17. Her body was found on Saturday morning in Cator Park by a member of the public. 

The police yesterday revealed new information about the case. ‘Sabina’s journey should have taken just over five minutes but she never made it to her destination,’ said Detective Inspector Joe Garrity. ‘Our investigation is making good progress and specialist officers remain at the crime scene carrying out intensive searches and enquiries. We know the community are rightly shocked by this murder – as are we – and we are using every resource available to us to find the individual responsible.’ The Met also stated that a post-mortem into the cause of Ms Nessa’s death was inconclusive

Today (Friday September 24), the police announced that they had arrested a 38-year-old man at an address in Lewisham on suspicion of Ms Nessa’s murder. They previously arrested a man in his forties in connection with the case, but later released him.

Pegler Square, Kidbrooke Village, SE3 9FW. Fri Sep 24, from 7pm. Nearest public transport Kidbroke rail.

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