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Zara Aleena: There will be a silent vigil today to escort her home

Silent vigil to be held today for Zara Aleena to'bring her home'

The vigil will take the form of a silent walk tracing the path that wife Aleena took but never finished (Image: PA)

Hundreds of people are expected to turn up for a silent vigil for Zara Aleena on Saturday afternoon to “walk her home”.

The 35-year-old law graduate was minutes from her front door when she was attacked on June 26 on Cranbrook Road in Ilford, east London.

Ms Aleena’s family have organized a vigil for Saturday, almost a week after her death, to offer comfort to her loved ones while raising awareness of the epidemic of male violence against women and girls.

Speaking to the media on Friday, Ms Aleena’s aunt said her niece was in her own community, in an area she knew well, where she felt safe when she was attacked.

Farah Naz said the family was determined to try and “make a difference” and compel Britain’s political leaders to “act immediately to prevent violence”.

She said: “[My niece]was unaware of the fact that women get hurt. It’s not about making the streets safer, it’s about changing the mindset.”

Crying, Ms Naz added: “We’ll never get through this, but it (the walk) will help us.”

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The vigil will take the form of a silent walk, tracing the path Ms Aleena had taken but was never able to finish “to bring her safely back to where she belonged”.

Walkers will meet opposite Cranbrook Rise on Cranbrook Road, Ilford at 1.30pm and begin the walk at 2.17pm – the time on the morning of June 26 when Ms Aleena was attacked.

Her family has asked the contestants to wear white and remain “dumb and somber” while “we go home to Zara in our hearts”.

In anticipation of the vigil for Ms. Aleena, women have shared photos of their shoes on social media using the hashtag #SafelyHomeInOurShoes.

Zara Aleena's death

Zara Aleena was attacked while walking home from a night out along Cranbrook Road in Ilford (Image: PA)

Floral tributes were left at the scene on Cranbrook Road in Ilford, east London, where Zara Aleena, 35, was murdered in the early hours of Sunday. PA photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 29, 2022. Jordan McSweeney, of Church Elm Lane, Dagenham, east London, is accused of killing wife Aleena as she was walking home from a night out. See PA story COURTS Ilford. Photo credit should read: Ted Hennessey/PA Wire

Floral tributes left at the scene (Image: PA)

Floral tributes were left at the scene on Cranbrook Road in Ilford, east London, where Zara Aleena, 35, was murdered in the early hours of Sunday. PA photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 29, 2022. Jordan McSweeney, of Church Elm Lane, Dagenham, east London, is accused of killing wife Aleena as she was walking home from a night out. See PA story COURTS Ilford. Photo credit should read: Ted Hennessey/PA Wire

Walkers will meet opposite Cranbrook Rise on Cranbrook Road in Ilford at 1.30pm (Image: PA)

She had returned home from a night she was dragged, kicked and kicked, prosecutors said.

An autopsy revealed that she sustained multiple serious injuries.

Jordan McSweeney, 29, from Dagenham in east London, appeared at the Old Bailey on Friday and was accused of murder, attempted rape and robbery.

He made no objection and was taken into custody.

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