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Hundreds of mourners gather for East London vigil to honour murdered Zara Aleena a year on

Hundreds of mourners gather for East London vigil to honour murdered Zara Aleena a year on

Hundreds of mourners gathered in East London for a silent walking vigil in honour of murdered law graduate Zara Aleena this afternoon (Sunday, June 25).

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Labour MP Wes Streeting joined family, friends, campaigners and well-wishers in Valentine’s Park, Ilford, to remember the 35-year-old, who was killed on June 26 last year just minutes from her front door on nearby Cranbrook Road by Jordan McSweeney.

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Crowds wore white and carried pictures of Ms Aleena reading “I am Zara”, with many dressed in T-shirts printed with photographs in her image.

Members of Ms Aleena’s family led the crowd on the route home she would have taken on that night, inviting Mr Khan to walk alongside them at the front.

Farah Naz speaks during a vigil to mark the one year anniversary of the death of her niece Zara Aleena at Valentines Park in Ilford

Speaking to the PA news agency, Ms Aleena’s aunt Farah Naz said the family remembered Zara as “so sweet” and for her belief in social justice.

Ms Naz said: “She was so sweet, her voice was so sweet and at the same time she was a proponent for justice.

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  • June 25, 2023