Kate Middleton tweeted her support for Sabina Nessa’s family and friends as a vigil takes place in memory of the 28-year-old teacher who was killed while walking to the pub
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Kate Middleton said she is “saddened by the death of another innocent young woman on our streets” as mourners gather for the vigil for Sabina Nessa.
In a tweet from the official @KensingtonRoyal Twitter account, signed personally by her, the duchess said her thoughts are with the 28-year-old teacher’s family and friends.
“I am saddened by the loss of another innocent young woman on our streets,” she wrote.
“My thoughts are with Sabina’s family and friends, and all those who have been affected by this tragic event. C.”
Ms Nessa was taking a five-minute walk to meet a friend at The Depot bar in Pegler Square near her home in Kidbrooke, south-east London, last Friday (September 17) at around 8.30pm when she was attacked.
A 38-year-old man arrested in connection with the murder has been released under investigation, the Metropolitan Police said.
The man was arrested on Thursday at an address in Lewisham.
Detectives are continuing to appeal for information about another man captured on CCTV in Pegler Square on the evening Ms Nessa was attacked.
In March, Kate had joined mourners in Clapham Common to mark the death of Sarah Everard.
The young woman, 33, had been attacked and killed as she walked home from a friend’s flat.
The duchess had had gone in a personal capacity to pay her respects on March 13 and was pictured laying some flowers.
Sabina and Sarah’s deaths have sparked a wider conversation about women’s safety in the UK.
Today, friends, family and people wanting to pay their respects gathered to pay tribute to Sabina and demand change.
The vigil was held by Reclaim These Streets “in solidarity against violence against women”.
Ahead of the gathering the collective tweeted: “Sabina’s journey was meant to be 5 minutes long at 20:30 as she was en route to meet a friend just as many of us do.
“On Friday night, we will join Sabina Nessa’s community in solidarity against violence against women and to acknowledge her life.
“Please join the Kidbrooke community as we pay our respects.
“A candlelight vigil is planned. Please feel free to bring your own candle.”