"Our world is shattered."
Hundreds of people joined a vigil for teacher Sabina Nessa who was killed as she walked to meet a friend at a pub in south-east London.
The 28-year-old’s body was found in Cator Park, Kidbrooke by a member of the public on September 18, 2021.
More than 500 people gathered at Pegler Square, not far from where a wanted suspect was captured on CCTV.
Sabina’s sister Jebina Yasmin Islam thanked the crowd for attending.
She said: “We have lost an amazing, caring, beautiful sister who left this world far too early.
“She didn’t reach her 29th birthday next month.
“Sabina loved her family. We have lost a sister, my parents have lost their daughter, and my girls have lost such a brilliant and caring auntie who dearly loved them.
“Words cannot describe how we are feeling. It feels like we are stuck in a bad dream and can’t get out of it. Our world is shattered.
“We have simply lost the words. No family should go through what we are going through.”
Her uncle Shahin Miah described his niece as “a kind and an open-minded person” who was “always smiling and helping others”.
In a statement, he said: “We don’t want what happened to Sabina to happen to anyone else.
“We don’t want any other mother’s chest to be empty or filled with deep sorrow, or to see the tears in the eyes of any father.”
A police cordon in the area was lifted earlier on September 24, 2021, and tributes were left.
One card read:
“For Sabina – RIP. With love and regret that you lost your life in this senseless way.”
Another said: “Dear Sabina, I miss you so very much. RIP my beautiful friend.”
Vigils were also held up and down the UK, from Glasgow to Bath.
Those who could not attend a physical or virtual vigil were invited to light a candle on their doorstep in Sabina’s memory.
Police fear that the prime suspect for Sabina Nessa’s murder was still at large, however, officers want to identify a man who was seen holding something, who could be “vital” to the case.
The person of interest, who was wearing grey jeans and a black jacket, can be seen looking over his shoulder and pulling up his hood as he walks along the pavement.
Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Louisa Rolfe urged anyone who may know the man to contact them.
Two men who were arrested on suspicion of murder have now been released pending further investigation.