The murder of British Muslim teacher Sabina Nessa has left the community in shock, galvanizing public concern over the increasing rate of violence against women and girls in the UK.
Nessa, a 28-year-old teacher from south London, was found dead in a southeast London park on Friday.
She is believed to have been murdered while taking a five-minute walk from her house to a local pub where she was going to meet a friend, CNN reported.
Hundreds of people held a vigil on Friday evening in the southeast London neighbourhood of Kidbrooke where Nessa lived and her body was discovered.
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At the vigil, Nessa’s sister Jebina Yasmin Islam, spoke of the pain of losing her sibling, describing her sister as a “brilliant” woman.
“We have lost an amazing sister far too early … Sabina loved her family. We have lost our sister, my parents lost their daughter and my girls have lost such a brilliant, loving, caring auntie,” Islam said.
“This feels like we’re stuck in a bad dream and we can’t get out of it,” she added.
Catherine Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, also made a rare social media appearance to pay tribute to Nessa in a Twitter post on Friday.
Middleton said she was “saddened by the loss of another innocent young woman on our streets.”
“My thoughts are with Sabina’s family and friends, and all those who have been affected by this tragic event,” the royal added, before signing off the tweet on her shared official account with “C.”
On Sunday, London’s Metropolitan Police arrested a 38-year old man in connection with the murder of the teacher.
“A 38-year-old man … was arrested on suspicion of murder at around 03:00hrs on Sunday, 26 September, at an address in East Sussex. He has been taken into police custody,” the Metropolitan Police said in a statement. Later Sunday, the Met said the correct age of the man arrested is 36.
“Sabina’s family have been informed of this significant development and they continue to be supported by specialist officers,” Detective Chief Inspector Neil John said, according to the statement.
Two other men arrested this week on suspicion of murder have been released pending further investigation.
The murder echoes the high-profile killing in March of 33-year-old Sarah Everard, which focused attention on what is being called an epidemic of violence against women.