TWO men have today been charged with murdering Blackburn law student Aya Hachem who was shot dead while on the way to Lidl.
Feroz Suleman, 39,and Abubakir Satia, 31, have been charged with murder and attempted murder after the 19-year-old was gunned down on Sunday.
The attempted murder charge related to the man police believe was the intended target.
Emergency services were scrambled to King Street just after 3pm.
Detectives said two shots were fired, with the first bullet hitting a building and the second killing University of Salford law student Aya.
Paramedics battled to save Aya, a Children’s Society charity volunteer, whose family had moved to Britain from Lebanon.
The teenager was taken to hospital, but died a short while later.
The two men are due to appear at magistrates court tomorrow.
Two other men, aged 33 and 36, who were arrested on Monday on suspicion of murder and attempted murder have been released on bail pending further enquiries.
A number of others arrested in connection with the murder remain in custody and enquiries are on-going, Lancashire Police said.
Police have also arrested a 22-year-old man from Blackburn on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.
Aya was shot 100 metres from where she lived with mum Samar and dad Ismail and their three younger children.
Her heartbroken dad Ismail Hachem paid tribute to his "strong" eldest daughter with a "pure soul".
My strong daughter lawyer Aya Ismail Hashem God's mercy on your pure soul.
The dad-of-four wrote on Facebook: "My strong daughter lawyer Aya Ismail Hashem God's mercy on your pure soul.
"Hey who broke our back with your horizon you were all dream, science and morals.
"Oh Allah, inspire us with patience and solace.”
A neighbour said: “This has ripped them apart. They only came over from Lebanon six or seven years ago. It’s devastating.”
The distraught family said in a statement: “Our beautiful 19-year-old daughter Aya has been taken from us in the most horrific circumstances.”
Detective Supt Andy Cribbin said: “While we have now charged people in connection with Aya’s murder our enquiries are very much on-going.
“I would like to thank all those who have come forward to assist with our investigation so far and to continue to encourage people to come and speak to us if they have information.”
Anybody with any 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.
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