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Blackburn shootings: two accused of the murder of Aya Hachem

Aya Hachem

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Aya Hachem died of a gunshot wound to the chest

Two men were charged with the murder of a law student in a shootout.

19-year-old Aya Hachem passed away on Sunday when shots were fired from a passing car on King Street, Blackburn.

Feroz Suleman, 39, and Abubakir Satia, 31, are expected to appear before magistrates on Saturday, Lancashire police said.

Both are also accused of attempting to kill a man who was believed to be the intended target.

The force said two shots were fired: the first hit a building but the second killed Mrs. Hachem.

Ms. Hachem’s parents paid her homage as the “most faithful devoted daughter” who “dreamed of becoming a lawyer”.

“We are absolutely devastated by his death and would like to take this opportunity to plead with any member of the public who may have information however small that those responsible may bring to justice,” they said.

Hachem was one of four brothers and lived in Blackburn after traveling to the UK about nine years ago, cousin Hassan told the BBC.

Mr. Suleman, of Shear Brow, Blackburn, and Mr. Satia, of Oxford Close, Blackburn, are expected to appear at Preston’s Magistrates’ Court.

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Aya Hachem was a young trustee of the Children’s Society

Two 33- and 36-year-old men from Blackburn who were arrested on Monday on charges of murder and attempted murder were released on bail pending further investigation.

Numerous other suspects who have been arrested in connection with Ms Hachem’s death remain in custody.

The police also carried out a further arrest, bringing the total number of people detained during the investigation to 14.

The 22-year-old from Blackburn remains in custody after being arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

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