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Women are organising a vigil a teacher found dead in a London park over the weekend.
Sabina Nessa, 28, is believed to have been murdered as she walked home through Cator Park in Kidbrooke, south-east London, on Friday night but her body was not found until the following day.
Police had arrested a man in his 40s on suspicion of murder but he has been released under further investigation.
Now, the local community are arranging a vigil for the teacher to take place on Friday night in Peglar Square, Kidbrooke Village.
The digital flyer reads: “In solidarity against violence & to acknowledge the life of Sabina Nessa. Please join the Kidbrooke community as we pay our respects. A candlelight vigil is planned. Please feel free to bring your own candle.”
Campaign group Reclaim These Streets shared the vigil on their Twitter page and added: "If you can't join in person, please light a candle at 7pm on your doorstep."
Other organisations that focus on gender-based violence have also commented on the news of Sabina Nessa's death.
Sistah Space, a specialist support for African and Caribbean heritage women affected by abuse tweeted a Guardian article about the news with the caption: "Why though? To that devil who took this beautiful young life from her, her family, her pupils, colleagues and community, why? This kind of wickedness is scarier than covid, how do you vaccine others against evil?"
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."
The police believe that Sabina was killed at around 8:30pm on 17th September but her body wasn't found until the following day.
In a statement, Detective Superintendent Luke Marks said there was a "short delay" in finding her body because it was "not in the main walkway".
A post-mortem examination was inconclusive and the police are appealing to the public for further information as they investigate the suspected murder. This includes anyone who saw anything suspicious in the park or any one driving nearby who has dashcam footage of the roads surrounding the area.
Detective Superintendent Luke Marks said: "This did not happen in the middle of the night; people would have been in and around the park at the time".
"We are horrified by the shocking murder of Sabina Nessa, and our thoughts remain with her family and friends," he added.
"We have extra officers in the area conducting high-visibility patrols, and anybody in London, regardless of gender, should be able to go out in an evening and not be concerned about being the victim of violent crime."
Parallels have been drawn to another case earlier this year where Wayne Couzens plead guilty to the rape and murder of Sarah Everard. She was kidnapped from Clapham on 3rd March 2021 by Couzens who was a police constable at the time. The Metropolitan Police was hit by widespread criticism for the way it policed a peaceful vigil in Clapham Common for Sarah Everard.
For anyone with any information about the Sabina Nessa case, the police are asking to call 101 or to contact @CrimestoppersUK anonymously.
Featured Image Credit: Met Police
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