TWO men have been charged over the murder of teenager Aya Hachem in Blackburn.

Miss Hachem, 19, was walking home after shopping at Lidl in King Street at 3pm on Sunday when she was hit by a shot fired from a passing Toyota car.

Now Feroz Suleman, 39, of Shear Brow, Blackburn and Abubakir Satia, 31, of Oxford Close, Blackburn, have been charged with murder and attempted murder.

Suleman is the boss of RI Tyres firm in Blackburn which has three branches including one in King Street.

The murder charge relates to Aya Hachem and the attempted murder charge to the man police believe was the intended target. Two shots were fired in the incident. The first hit a building and the second hit and killed Aya.

They are due to appear before magistrates on Saturday.

Two men aged 33 and 36 from Blackburn 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.

Police have today (Friday, May 22nd) also arrested a 22 year old man from Blackburn on suspicion of murder and attempted murder. He is in custody.

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Detective Supt Andy Cribbin, of the Force Major Investigation Team, 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.”

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Any information or video footage can be sent in to police via the Major Incident Public Portal at

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