Family of murdered teacher Sabina Nessa struggling to understand why she was killed

Murdered teacher Sabina Nessa was killed by a stranger in a park just five minutes from her home, her heartbroken family have revealed.

Sabina, 28, was discovered hidden under a pile of leaves by a dog walker in Cator Park in Kidbrooke, South East London, on Saturday.

She is thought to have been attacked as she walked home on Friday.

Her cousin Zubel Ahmed told ITV News today: “She’s been attacked on the way home and she was five minutes away from here walking home her usual route that she’s been taking for the last few weeks where she’s been working from school to home, going back and forth.

“She was due to go and see her family at the weekend and even that… she couldn’t even do that one last time unfortunately.”

Family of murdered teacher Sabina Nessa struggling to understand why she was killed
Zubel Ahmed, Sabina Nessa’s cousin

Zubel paid tribute to his cousin and described her as the “sweetest person”.

Zubel added: “We went and saw her parents, they are inconsolable. It’s the worst way for someone to go.

“The shock has not sunk in. She was a beautiful, kind, caring soul.

“I express my deepest sympathies for her sisters – Mum and dad are absolutely devastated.

Campaigners are now demanding action to tackle violence against women – after another South Londoner, Sarah Everard was murdered after being abducted on her way home in Clapham.

Our Streets Now said: “It’s why we don’t walk where we want, when we want.

“It’s why 1 in 5 girls have avoided their place of education.

“Please, stop telling us we’re overreacting.

“Sabina Ness, Sarah Everard, Bibaa Henry, Nicole Smallman.

“Male violence is killing us. It’s restricting our right to be free and equal citizens.

“We need change, now.”

Sisters Uncut, who defied a police banning order to hold a vigil for Sarah Everard, said they “refuse to be trapped in this cycle of grief”.

“Sabina’s story is harrowing and heartbreaking, our love and rage goes out to her family and loved ones.”

While Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said “women and girls deserve to feel safe at all times”.

A candlelight vigil has been organised by Reclaim These Streets at 7pm tonight in Kidbrooke Village.

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