Sabina Nessa funeral: family calls for more action for women’s safety


he family of murdered schoolteacher Sabina Nessa demanded that the government make communities safer for women on the day of her funeral.

Ms Nessa, 28, was attacked as she walked through Cator Park in Kidbrooke, south-east London, on her way to a friend on September 17.

Her body was discovered nearly 24 hours later covered in leaves near a community center in the park.

Funeral prayers were said for her at the East London Mosque in Whitechapel, east London, on Friday before her coffin was taken to a nearby cemetery for burial.

In a statement, her family said: “Today is a sad day for all of us. Our loss is immeasurable with the realization that we will never see our beloved Sabina again.

We need our country to step up and stand with us and say no more violence against women

“Thoughts of her love, warmth and gentle nature remain with us, and this is how we will remember Sabina.

“Although we know that our hearts will remain empty, we were delighted to receive the support of the whole country. We will continue to fight for justice for Sabina.

“Our communities need to be made safer for women, so nothing like this can ever happen again.

“We need everyone, including the government, to work with us on this issue. Actions speak louder than words, and we need to see proactive measures taken for women’s safety. »

In their statement, the family thanked everyone for their support and kindness, adding, “As we say goodbye to a dear friend, sister and daughter, we want to honor her memory by reminding everyone that we we are each other’s keepers; we are the change we want to see in our community, in our world.

People at a vigil for Sabina Nessa at Eastbourne Pier in East Sussex (Michael Drummond/PA) / PA wire

“Our lives have changed and will never be the same again. The pain we carry every day will continue to remind us of the loss and also the change we so desperately need.

“No family should have to go through this. We need our leaders to mobilize and we need our communities to mobilize. We need our country to step up and stand with us and say no more violence against women.

“We also hope that everyone will remember Sabina as the cheerful, happy and dedicated person who loved teaching and contributing to the community she loved very much.”

The Home Office has been contacted for comment.

Garage worker Koci Selamaj, 36, from Eastbourne, who is charged with the murder of Ms Nessa, will appear in court on December 16 for a plea hearing.

Mara R. Wilmoth