Hundreds gather dressed in white at vigil to ‘walk home’ killed Zara Aleena

7/2/2022 4:22:00 PM

Hundreds of people have gathered in east London for a vigil dedicated to Zara Aleena, who was killed as she walked home from a night out.

Hundreds of people gather in Ilford, east London, for a vigil to ‘walk home’ Zara Aleena, who was killed as she made her way back from a night out

Hundreds of people have gathered in east London for a vigil dedicated to Zara Aleena, who was killed as she walked home from a night out.

“It’s going to be part of a process for us. This is for everybody, their grief. For those people that are afraid, those that have been affected by this.“We just want to finish the journey for her.”She added: “All she needed now was a two-year work placement. She was going to grab her dream. That’s what you would see if you saw her now.

“These last few days have been horrible, horrible for us. There is no word to say what we feel, what we see in our minds. The pictures that we see, what we think and how we carry on.Picture: Alamy"The other day when a charitable organisation was offering something to us to support us, I said, ‘I don’t want to take.’

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" She said she was a woman who would “always do the right thing” and “loved her community.” Zara's aunt explained the vigil is about “walking in her shoes and bringing her home. Jordan McSweeney, 29, from Church Elm Lane, Dagenham, east London, did not enter a plea to the charge of murder.” “It’s going to be part of a process for us.’ ‘She walked. This is for everybody, their grief. Mr McSweeney, who appeared via video link from HMP Thameside wearing a green jumper, is set to appear again at the Old Bailey on 27 July. For those people that are afraid, those that have been affected by this..

“People are afraid and this is about saying, don’t be afraid, we’re going to walk you home. She had recently begun working at the Royal Courts of Justice, to complete her two-year work placement in order to become a fully qualified solicitor, her family said. Zara’s death comes after wide-spread vigils following the deaths of others like Sarah Everard, Sabina Nessa, Ashling Murphy and Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman over the course of the last year. “We’re going to change things and we won’t stop until we do.” “We just want to finish the journey for her. Image source, Image caption, Post-mortem tests revealed Ms Aleena had "multiple serious injuries" "Zara was happy and at a point in her life that she had worked hard for," they said.” “She can talk, we are all talkers in the family. Ms Naz told reporters: ‘I don’t think there is going to be closure, this is just the beginning of the conversation we need to have. She speaks her mind. Her glorious laughter and her sweet, smiling voice. Ms Naz added: "That was what she valued more than anything, her independence.

She’s fearless, fierce, she was determined. “She was at the happiest in her life." A post-mortem examination revealed she had "multiple serious injuries".’ Ms Naz said her niece – known to family members as Zash or Zasherooni – was conscious of the dangers women faced, but felt ‘safe’ walking in her local community which she knew well. She just got this job 5 weeks ago. She completed all her training to become a solicitor." She added: “All she needed now was a two-year work placement. The one word that would best describe Zara ‘would be independent’, said her aunt (Picture: PA/LNP) ‘She didn’t know she was going to be on this list because in her mind she took those precautions. She was dragged on to the driveway, prosecutors allege, and a post-mortem examination found she had suffered multiple serious injuries.

She was going to grab her dream. That’s what you would see if you saw her now. “As a family we’ve experienced grief before. ‘She was not ignorant to the fact that women get hurt. But this time we don’t feel like we’ve got any pieces left to pick up. “We’re quite crushed. She described her niece, who had hoped to practise as a solicitor and had completed her Legal Practice Course, as "everyone's daughter".

“These last few days have been horrible, horrible for us. Ms Naz has welcomed the news of a silent vigil planned for this weekend (Picture: PA) Friends, family and campaigners will gather in Zara’s memory to ‘walk her home’ (Picture: PA) Zara, a law graduate, had recently started working for the Royal Courts of Justice and was ‘the happiest she had ever been. There is no word to say what we feel, what we see in our minds. The pictures that we see, what we think and how we carry on. “We know that we have to carry on, and we know that we will because we owe it to Zara.’ Today, Jordan McSweeney appeared at the Old Bailey on Friday accused of murder, attempted rape and robbery in relation to Zara’s death." Tributes left to Zara in east London. She said: "She had a great balance, but she did do a lot of things.

Picture: Alamy She said she wanted more action to make sure women are safe in public. “This is a community issue," she said. Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at. "The other day when a charitable organisation was offering something to us to support us, I said, ‘I don’t want to take.’ “My friend said ‘this is a community issue and we are all involved'. “What’s happened to Zara is happening all across the country. She never, ever assumed that a man would see her less than either," Ms Naz added.

“It’s happened to many other women, it’s our issue. “This isn’t just about us, if we make it just about us then we don’t do anything. This is about connecting with the families of the other women that have been brutally murdered. “This is about connecting with all of them, standing strong and saying what we know, and what we have to do. “This is about noticing that Zara is apparently the 52nd woman to have been killed, murdered this year and it’s only June." Mr McSweeney will next appear at the Old Bailey on September 30 for a plea hearing.

We want change. We want to talk to leaders. “We have an entitlement to walk, we have an entitlement to be safe, to be free. We have an entitlement to be free in our minds as well. “Zara was determined, that’s why she wanted to be a lawyer.

She was determined to create more equality. “She wanted to change the mindset of people who think violence is a way of communication." She said Zara was a "force to be reckoned with" who would have had great things in her future. “When she got this job I said ‘Zara you are going to go so many places, this is just your first step'. “Zara, she was much more capable already and everybody saw that.

“She was thorough, she was organised and she didn’t take any rubbish from anyone. She didn’t allow herself to be dominated. She was going places from the moment she was born. And she was stopped.” The comments come as the man accused of murdering Zara was remanded in custody.

Jordan McSweeney, of Church Elm Lane, Dagenham, east London, appeared at the Old Bailey on Friday morning. The 29-year-old is accused of killing the 35-year-old as she walked home from a night out along Cranbrook Road in Ilford, east London, in the early hours of Sunday. He is also accused of robbing Ms Aleena of her mobile phone, keys and handbag, and attempted penetration without consent. McSweeney appeared via video link from HMP Thameside wearing a green jumper. He was seen covering his face with his hands ahead of the hearing before sitting back in his chair.

McSweeney spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth. He will next appear at the Old Bailey on September 30 for a plea hearing. .