The innocent student was killed in a feud between two tyre firm owners in Blackburn, Lancashire, when a hired hitman gunned her down as she walked to the shops
CCTV shows the moments leading up to shooting of Aya Hachem
This CCTV footage shows the moments leading up to the tragic death of a teenager mistakenly gunned down by a hired hitman.
Seven men were found guilty of the murder of Aya Hachem, 19, on Tuesday.
The innocent student was killed in a feud between two tyre firm owners in Blackburn, Lancashire.
She was murdered in May last year as she walked home to the shops in a drive-by assassination gone wrong.
Video released by police following the conviction of the men involved in Aya’s death has revealed her last moments.
She can be seen striding along King Street in the direction of a supermarket, where she was to buy food for her family.
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But, sadly, Aya never made it home.
Clips released by Lancashire Constabulary shows Aya walking by unassumingly – before cutting as a car pulls up alongside her.
The teen was killed after RI Tyres boss Feroz Suleman, 40, arranged the execution of a rival businessman in broad daylight.
She was said to be “in the wrong place at the wrong time” as the long-running feud between the neighbouring tyre companies escalated.
A Toyota Avensis driven by Anthony Ennis, 31, with hitman Zamir Raja, 33, on board drove past Quickshine Tyres on three occasions shortly before the fatal fourth journey.
Footage from CCTV cameras captured Suleman stood outside his premises next door at RI Tyres with a “ringside seat” to the shooting he had arranged of Pachah Khan, the proprietor of Quickshine Tyres.
The first shot hit the front window of Quickshine and the second was let off as Lebanese-born Aya walked by, hitting her rather than the intended target.
A jury at Preston Crown Court took less than four hours to find Suleman, from Blackburn, guilty of murder and the attempted murder of Mr Khan.
Raja, of Stretford, Greater Manchester, and Ennis, of Partington, Greater Manchester, were also convicted of murder and attempted murder, as were other accomplices Kashif Manzoor, 26, of Blackburn, Ayaz Hussain, 35, of Blackburn, Abubakr Satia, 32, of Blackburn, and his brother Uthman Satia, 29, of Blackburn.
Uthman Satia’s girlfriend, Judy Chapman, 26, of Great Harwood, was cleared of murder and attempted murder but found guilty of manslaughter.
The court heard the feud started in early 2019 when Quickshine began selling tyres next door to RI after previously restricting itself to washing cars.
Matters deteriorated on December 3 of that year when someone set fire to RI in the early hours of the morning.
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On May 1 last year, Suleman called the police and reported Pachah Khan had prevented workmen from entering Quickshine’s yard to finish putting up a new sign for RI, the court was told.
The seven male defendants will be sentenced on Thursday. Chapman will be sentenced in October.
In a statement, Aya’s family said: “We thank God for the justice that has been served today.
“To our dear beautiful angel in heaven we know you are in a better and more beautiful place. God chose you from amongst many and blessed you with martyrdom.
“We are so proud of you and we miss you so much – our lives are difficult without you. This is God’s decree and praise be to God for this. You will remain in our hearts forever.”
Detective Chief Inspector Zoe Russo, of Lancashire Police, said: “Throughout this long and incredibly complex investigation, our focus has been clear – to find the people involved in this most serious course of offending, bring them before the court and to ensure that Aya’s family receive justice.
“We must, however, not forget that these convictions will not bring Aya back. Her family continues to mourn her loss. Aya was a remarkable and much loved 19 year old woman.
“Aya and her family had left Lebanon for the safety of England. Her dream was to qualify and practise as a solicitor.”