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Sabina Nessa: Family call for action on women's safety Sabina Nessa: Family call for action on women's safety
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Sabina Nessa was found near the One Space community centre in KidbrookeSabina Nessa was found near the One Space community centre in Kidbrooke
The family of Sabina Nessa, who was killed as she walked to meet a friend in south-east London, have called on the government to make communities safer for women.The family of Sabina Nessa, who was killed as she walked to meet a friend in south-east London, have called on the government to make communities safer for women.
The 28-year-old teacher was discovered in Cator Park, Kidbrooke, by a member of the public on 18 September.The 28-year-old teacher was discovered in Cator Park, Kidbrooke, by a member of the public on 18 September.
Ahead of her funeral, Ms Nessa's family said they wanted to see "proactive steps being taken for women's safety".Ahead of her funeral, Ms Nessa's family said they wanted to see "proactive steps being taken for women's safety".
The funeral service took place at East London Mosque on Friday.The funeral service took place at East London Mosque on Friday.
The East London Mosque held a funeral prayer for Sabina NessaThe East London Mosque held a funeral prayer for Sabina Nessa
In a statement, Ms Nessa's family said: "Our loss is immeasurable with the realisation that we will not see our beloved Sabina again.In a statement, Ms Nessa's family said: "Our loss is immeasurable with the realisation that we will not see our beloved Sabina again.
"While we know that our hearts will be left with a vast void, we were uplifted to receive support from all over the country.""While we know that our hearts will be left with a vast void, we were uplifted to receive support from all over the country."
Calling for action, they added: "Our communities need to be made safer for women, so nothing like this can ever happen again.Calling for action, they added: "Our communities need to be made safer for women, so nothing like this can ever happen again.
"We need everyone, including the government, to work together with us on this problem. Actions speak louder than words, and we need to see proactive steps being taken for women's safety.""We need everyone, including the government, to work together with us on this problem. Actions speak louder than words, and we need to see proactive steps being taken for women's safety."
The government has been approached for comment. At the scene
Sarah Campbell, BBC News correspondent
It was an emotional sermon from Sheikh Mohammed Mahmoud OBE focussed on the impact of the loss of a child.
Members of Sabina's family and community had travelled to the East London Mosque in Whitechapel to pay tribute and remember their daughter, sister, niece and friend.
Prayers were said and then they filed outside as her coffin was placed in a hearse to take her body to its final resting place.
Seven weeks after she was killed, her family vowed to continue to fight for justice for Sabina.
The government has been approached for comment in response to the family's statement.
Koci Selamaj, 36, from Eastbourne in East Sussex, has been charged with Ms Nessa's murder.Koci Selamaj, 36, from Eastbourne in East Sussex, has been charged with Ms Nessa's murder.