Two more people have been arrested in relation to the death of Aya Hachem, 19, raising the total in police custody now to 13.
The men, aged 34 and 24, are from Blackburn and were detained today (Thursday, May 21st) on suspicion of Aya’s murder.
Aya (pictured below) was killed on Sunday as she was out shopping close to the Lidl supermarket on King Street in Blackburn.
The details of people currently under arrest in police custody, also on suspicion of murder, are:
- A 29-year-old woman from Blackburn, detained yesterday (Wednesday, May 21st)
- A 39-year-old man from Blackburn, arrested yesterday (Wednesday, May 21st)
- A 28-year-old man from Blackburn, also detained yesterday (Wednesday, May 21st)
- A 31-year-old man from Blackburn, arrested on Tuesday (May 19th)
- A 35-year-old man from Blackburn, also detained on Tuesday (May 19th)
- A 39-year-old man from Blackburn, arrested on Monday (May 18th)
- A 33-year-old man from Blackburn, detained on Monday (May 18th)
- A 36-year-old man from Blackburn, detained on Monday (May 18th)
Those arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender are:
- A 29-year-old man from Blackburn, arrested on Tuesday (May 19th)
- A 19-year-old woman from Blackburn, detained on Wednesday (May 20th)
- A 26-year-old man from Great Harwood, also arrested on Wednesday (May 20th)
Yesterday, police were granted extra time to question the three men arrested on Monday and today, were allowed more time to question those detained on Tuesday.
We are still working hard to find who was involved in the killing of Aya, who we do not believe was the intended target of the shooting. Thank you to those who have told us what they know and sent us video footage, it is really helping us piece together what happened.
Again, we ask that if you know anything or have info but haven’t been in touch with us yet, send what you know or have seen filmed via the Major Incident Public Portal at https://mipp.police.uk/operation/0401020120E05-PO1
Anybody with any other information is asked to get in touch 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.