Over 200 people paid tribute to Mariam at the Brian Clough statue on Queens Street

People from across Nottingham gathered to pay tribute to Mariam Moustafa who died last week.

The vigil, which was held at the Brian Clough statue in the city centre, included speeches from Mariam’s father, sister, fellow students as well as members of the public.

Mariam Moustafa, who was 18-years old, died last Wednesday (14 March) after she was attacked outside the Victoria Centre on Parliament Street on 20 February.

Emotional tributes were led by Adnan Abdi, a family friend, who said: “I hope we never have to meet for such an occasion today.”

Mariam’s father, Mohamed, said he needs justice for his family.

Mohamed Moustafa, who with his Egyptian family moved to St Ann’s from Italy, said “It’s good to see many friends from many countries come together for Mariam.

“My family deserve justice.”

Tributes were also paid to the 18-year old engineering student by a former teacher as well as an Egyptian Coptic priest.

Patrick Johnson, a 20-year old student at the vigil, said “I came here to show my support for Mariam because at the end of the day this could have been anyone.

“This could have been my little sister so it’s good to see everyone here to pay tribute to Mariam because she deserves it.”

The vigil was organised via Facebook by Nottingham’s Stand Up To Racism group after there were allegations that the attack was racially motivated.

Yousuf Farooq, the secretary of Stand Up To Racism, said: “Countless people from diverse backgrounds have come together to show solidarity with Mariam’s family and we hope for justice for them.”

The assault was initially recorded as a hate incident.

Nottinghamshire Police have since confirmed that the attack on Mariam is not believed to be race related.

Ch Supt Rob Griffin said at a press conference: “We have been able to establish what happened on 20 February, and all the evidence indicates that this incident is not in any way hate-related.”