Aya Hachem died from a gunshot wound to the chest
Five people have been charged with the murder of a law student in a drive-by shooting.Aya Hachem, 19, died when shots were fired from a passing car in King Street, Blackburn, on Sunday.Feroz Suleman, 39, Abubakir Satia, 31, Uthman Satia, 28, Judy Chapman, 26, and Kashif Manzoor, 24, are due to appear before magistrates on Saturday, Lancashire Police said.They are also charged with attempted murder.That charge relates to a man who was believed to have been the intended target.The force said two shots had been fired – the first hit a building but the second hit and killed Ms Hachem.Ms Hachem’s parents have paid tribute to her as the “most loyal devoted daughter” who “dreamed of becoming a solicitor”.”We 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,” they said.Ms Hachem was one of four siblings and lived in Blackburn after travelling to the UK about nine years ago, her cousin Hassan told the BBC.Mr Suleman, of Shear Brow, Blackburn, and Abubakir Satia, of Oxford Close, Blackburn, were the first people to be charged on Friday. The two men will appear at Preston Magistrates’ Court along with Uthman Satia, of Oxford Close, Blackburn, Judy Chapman, of St Hubert’s Road, Great Harwood, and Kashif Manzoor, of Shakeshaft Street, Blackburn, who were charged later.
Aya Hachem was a young trustee for the Children’s Society
Two men, aged 33 and 36, from Blackburn, arrested on Monday on suspicion of murder and attempted murder, have been released on bail pending further inquiries.Four other people arrested as part of the inquiry have been released under investigation, while a 22-year-old man, from Blackburn, who was arrested on Friday on suspicion of murder and attempted murder, was released without charge.A man aged 39, from Blackburn, who was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of murder and attempted murder and a man aged 34 from Blackburn arrested on Thursday on suspicion of murder and attempted murder, remain in custody.