The Children’s Society has paid tribute to its “truly remarkable” trustee Aya Hachem, who was killed over the weekend.
Hachem, who was 19 and a law student, died after being struck by a bullet while out shopping in Blackburn at around 3pm on Sunday.
Police said there is no evidence that she was targeted in the attack, and “every indication” that she was an innocent passer-by when shots were fired from a car.
Mark Russell, chief executive at the Children’s Society, said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of one of our young trustees, Aya Hachem.
“She was a truly remarkable young woman, and an inspiring voice for children and young people. Our thoughts are with her family at this awful time.”
Terry Woods, deputy chief constable of Lancashire Police, said: “This was an appalling and senseless attack on an innocent young woman, whose life was cut short while she was simply out doing some shopping.
“First and foremost our condolences are with her family, who have lost their daughter during the holy month of Ramadan.
“In the last 24 hours we have learnt that Aya was a much-loved family member and friend who was enjoying her studies at the University of Salford.
“She also gave her time to being a young trustee of the Children’s Society.
“For her life to have been cut short like this is unthinkable and her family are understandably utterly distraught.”
Three men were arrested yesterday and detained in relation to her death. They are still being questioned, according to Lancashire Police.
The arrests came after an appeal for more information. The police investigation continues.