THOUSANDS have flocked to Eastbourne Pier to pay tribute to Sabina Nessa who was tragically murdered.
Sabina Nessa, a schoolteacher, was murdered on September 17 as she headed to the Depot bar in Pegler Square, Kidbrooke Village, Greenwich. Koci Selamaj, aged 36, was arrested by police last week and is set to appear at Willesden magistrates court on Tuesday on the charge of murder.
Among the thousands of people who attended the vigil, women’s rights groups, local politicians as well as hundreds of ordinary members of the public were all in attendance.
Gatherers at the vigil held candles and banners which read “Why?” as they paid tribute to the schoolteacher.
The event lasted two hours and was held on Eastbourne Pier – a few miles from where a man was arrested and charged for the murder.
As tributes were paid, a number of people gave speeches which called for the Government to do more in stopping violence against women.
The memorial event also came just days after the sentencing of Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens for the murder of Sarah Everard, 33.
One of the organisers of last night’s vigil, personal trainer Natasha Peacock, 35, from Eastbourne, told The Daily Express: “We must stand together in the fight against violence towards women.
“We have all been devastated to hear of another woman who has been brutally murdered on the streets just months after the murder of Sarah Everard.
“As well as this being a vigil for Sabina, it’s also a peaceful protest against violence towards women which has become such a huge issue.”
Ms Peacock added: “In 2021, there have been 110 murders of women by men, yet most people will only have heard about two.
“Sabina Nessa should still be alive and will be deeply missed. Women are frightened for their lives.”
“Nicolette Florides, a 35-year-old massage therapist and artist, said: “I wanted to do this vigil because I wanted to show my respect for every woman that’s been killed this year.
“I also want to push for self defence classes to be taught in schools as part of the national curriculum.
“I feel it’s an important life skill that could potentially save a life in an attack.
“Tonight we have the community coming together to show support and the need for change.”
Resident Marie Goodchild, 41, said: “With respect to violence against women, even. “Brinkwire Summary News”.