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22nd Sep 2021

Tributes pour in for 28-year-old primary school teacher killed in London

Sarah McKenna Barry

Police believe that she was murdered on her way home.

Tributes for Sabina Nessa, a 28-year-old woman who was found dead over the weekend, have been pouring in since her death was announced.

The body of the primary school teacher was found in a London park over the weekend, and police believe that she may have been murdered while walking home.

A man in his 40s was arrested on suspicion of murder, but he has since been released.

Nessa’s local community in Kidbrooke Village are organising a candlelight vigil to honour her memory. The event takes place this Friday at 7pm in Peglar Square.

Reclaim These Streets reshared the event flyer on their own page and encouraged those who can’t make it to light a candle on their doorstep at the same time.

Tributes have been pouring in for Nessa, who has been described as a “brilliant” and “caring” teacher.

Lisa Williams, the headmistress at the school she taught at said: “She was a brilliant teacher; she was kind, caring and absolutely dedicated to her pupils. She had so much life ahead of her and so much more to give and her loss is desperately sad.”

In a statement, the University of Greenwich said: “We are deeply saddened to hear the news of former student Sabina Nessa’s passing. Our thoughts are with her friends and family at this time.”

On Twitter, Mandu Reid, the leader of the Women’s Equality Party wrote: “Another woman murdered in a senseless act of brutal violence. Sabina Nessa: say her name. She lived, worked and was murdered within a short radius of where I live in Lewisham. This could’ve been me or my sister. #EnoughIsEnough. We will honour her life.”

Women’s Aid also tweeted: “In solidarity and sisterhood, our thoughts go out to Sabina’s friends & family during this harrowing time. ALL women deserve an equal level of support and attention. It is not good enough that victims from Black & marginalised communities do not receive the same level of profile.”

If you have been affected by any of the details of this article, you can contact Women’s Aid’s 24 hour helpline on 1800 341 900 and the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre on  1800 77 8888.