A vigil held to remember 18-year-old Mariam Moustafa took place in Nottingham city centre last night six days after her death.
Crowds of mourners gathered outside the Brian Clough statue last night to protest against violence but also to remember the Nottingham College engineering student, who died in hospital last week.
The vigil, which was hosted by Nottingham People’s Assembly and Nottingham Stand up to Racism, was organised via a Facebook page with 519 people said to have attended.
St Ann’s resident Mariam died in hospital on Wednesday night, March 14, after being attacked by a group of girls three weeks earlier.
The teenager, who was originally from Egypt but had lived in Italy before moving to Notts, was attacked while trying to get on a bus outside the Victoria Shopping Centre.
After being repeatedly punched, she was later discharged that evening – but returned to hospital the following day where she remained until her death in a coma.
A 17-year-old girl, who was arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm, remains on bail.
Tears were shed at last night’s gathering as friends, family and loved ones shared their memories of Mariam.
Despite a high number of anti-racist placards and banners at last night’s event, Nottinghamshire police insist that, at this stage, they are not treating this as a racist attack.
A spokesperson on behalf of Nottingham Peoples Assembly, who lead the vigil, said they were proud of the turnout.
“We are not saying this act was because of hate or racism, but we are here to stop violence,” he added.
“Nottingham has united for Mariam. We should preach for peace and unity.”
The night ended when Mariam’s younger brother, Adam, took the mic and spoke to the crowd.
Choking back tears, the youngster said: “I miss her.”
Unable to carry on, he handed the mic back to one of the organisers.
A post-mortem was said to have been inconclusive.
The Italian courts have opened up an investigation into her death.