More arrests made in Aya Hachem murder inquiry in Blackburn

Eleven people are now being questioned in custody over the murder of a law student gunned down in a drive-by shooting.

Innocent passer-by Aya Hachem, 19, was hit by one of several shots fired from a vehicle as she walked to a supermarket near her home in Blackburn, Lancashire, on Sunday. She died from a single wound to the chest.

Detectives have been granted an additional 36 hours by magistrates to question three men, aged 33, 36 and 39, all from Blackburn, on suspicion of her murder after their arrests on Monday (May 18).

On Wednesday, Lancashire Police said they had made eight more arrests.

Four men aged 28, 31, 35 and 39 and a woman aged 29 were held on suspicion of murder.

Also arrested were two women aged 19 and 26 and a 29-year-old man on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Aya died from a single wound to the chest.

Miss Hachem was hit by one of several shots fired from a vehicle as she walked to a supermarket near her home.

Police believe she was not the intended target of the broad daylight attack which took place on a busy town centre main road.

“Our enquiries are very much on-going and we are working round the clock to find out who was responsible for Aya’s death.

“Our determination to get justice for her family remains undimmed and our thoughts are very much with Aya’s loved ones.

“I would like to thank those who have come forward to assist the investigation so far and I would continue to ask that anyone who has any information, however insignificant they may think it is, to get in touch.”


The teenager was a second year student at Salford University.

The Lebanese-born teenager, a second year student at the University of Salford, died in hospital a short time after emergency services were called to the scene in King Street at around 3pm.

Detectives said several videos of Sunday’s incident are circulating on social media and urged people to formally submit them rather than continuing to share the footage online.

Aya Hachem was not the intended target in the attack.

A large team of detectives continue to work on the inquiry with additional police patrols in the area.

A number of people were travelling in the light green/silver Toyota Avensis from which the shots were fired close to the Lidl store.

The vehicle, with the registration number SV53 UBP, was abandoned a short time later in nearby Wellington Road and was seized for forensic examination.

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