Sabina Nessa murder: hundreds mourn murder of London teacher as police release suspect



Emotional vigils were held for a teacher who was found murdered in a London park last week, once again highlighting public anger over violence against women, as police say a suspect under investigation had been released.

Sabina Nessa, 28, left her home in south London on the evening of September 17 to take a short walk through a local park to a bar where she was due to meet a friend.

She never arrived and her body was found in the park the next afternoon.

Vigils were held in the region and across Britain to remember Ms Nessa and to highlight violence against women.

“Our world is shattered. We are just at a loss for words,” her sister, Jebina Yasmin Islam, said during a vigil near the crime scene.

“We have lost an amazing, caring sister-in-law who left this world far too soon. She didn’t reach her 29th birthday next month.

“Sabina loved our family. We lost our sister, my parents lost their daughter and my daughters lost such a bright and loving aunt, who loved them dearly.

Sabina Nessa’s sister Jebina says she “feels like we’re stuck in a bad dream and can’t get out” after her sister (pictured) has been murdered.(

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“Words cannot describe how we feel. It makes it seem like we are stuck in a bad dream and cannot get out of it.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said his thoughts are with Nessa’s family and friends at this “deeply distressing time”.

Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, said she was “saddened by the loss of another innocent young woman on our streets”.

Women have expressed their sadness and anger at the inaction to end violence against women after a series of murders that have shocked the country.

Sarah Everard was kidnapped, raped and murdered in south London in March by a police officer, while a British teenager was convicted in July of the murder of sisters Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman in a park in northwest London Last year.

“Women are repeatedly expected to change their behavior to reduce personal risk, shifting responsibility for men’s decisions and actions,” local councilor Denise Scott-McDonald said at the vigil.

Metropolitan Police said they released a 38-year-old man who was arrested at an address near Lewisham on Thursday but was still under investigation and could be returned to custody.

Reuters / AP



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