Photo credit: Nick Harrison

The Parents of a Salford graduate, who died in a gang related incident, have collected their daughters certificate on her behalf.

Aya Hachem, 19-years-old, studied Law at the University of Salford before she was murdered in Blackburn in May 2020.

The Dean of the Business school which, which Aya studied under said: “Aya was a bright and promising student with ambitions to become a solicitor. She was driven not by personal ambition but from a desire to help others and to speak for those who do not have a voice themselves. Aya touched the lives of many and, through her volunteering, contributed so much.

“Her tragic and senseless death devastated everyone who knew her, including our staff and student community. We were honoured to be able to present a posthumous award to Aya’s family at today’s ceremony and to share our memories of an outstanding student and humanitarian.”

Aya was caught in the crossfire of two rival gangs and was hit in the left shoulder by a stray bullet that was fired, and later died in hospital.

All members involved in the shooting are now serving life sentences after being found guilty in the summer of this year.

Today is the first graduation ceremony the University of Salford has been able to hold in two years due to the coronavirus pandemic, with both of Aya’s parents being in attendance to collect her degree.

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