Three more people have been arrested in the investigation into the murder of 19-year-old Aya Hachem in Blackburn.
A 32-year-old man, along with a 32-year-old woman, both from Coventry were arrested yesterday.
The man is being held on suspicion of murder and the woman is detained on suspicion of assisting an offender.
A 28-year-woman from Manchester was also arrested this morning on suspicion of murder.
Aya Hachem was shot in broad daylight on Sunday, May 17th as she was out shopping close to the Lidl supermarket on King Street in Blackburn.
15 people were arrested in the days following the murder of Aya Hachem, with five men and a woman charged; two men bailed pending further enquiries; six people – three men and three women – released under investigation and one man released without charge.
The latest arrests bring the total to 17.
In a tribute, Aya’s family said:
“Our beautiful 19-year-old daughter Aya has been taken from us in the most horrific circumstances.
“She was the most loyal devoted daughter who enjoyed spending time with her family especially her brothers and sisters IBRAHAM, ASSIL and AMIR.
“She excelled in her studies both at Blackburn Central High School and at Salford University where she was in her second year and dreamed of becoming a solicitor. She had just completed her exams and was learning to drive.
“We her parents are absolutely devastated by her death and would like to take this opportunity to plead with any members of the public who may have any information however small that may bring those responsible to justice.
“We ask for privacy at this distressing time for us to grieve as a family.”
Any information or video footage in relation to this inquiry can still be sent via the Major Incident Public Portal here.
Anybody with any other information can contact us on 101, quoting log number 0412 of May 18th, or anonymously via independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.