The family of two women murdered in a park after their killer “struck a deal with a demon” will return to the scene to raise awareness of violence against women.
Sisters Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman were stabbed to death by Danyal Hussein in June last year at Fryent Park in Wembley as they celebrated a birthday.
Despite being reported missing on June 6, their bodies were not found until a day later, by Nicole’s boyfriend.
Evil Hussein, 19, was found guilty of the murders at the Old Bailey last week after claiming he had “signed a blood pact” with a “demon” to win a £321m Lottery jackpot.
Following the conviction, the women’s family and friends will return to the scene where they were killed on August 3 to pay tribute to them and raise awareness of violence against women.
The vigil has been organised by Reclaim These Streets, who are encouraging a national minutes silence for the sisters and all other women who have had their lives taken by men.
The group attempted to organise a vigil in memory of Sarah Everard in Clapham earlier this year but were told they would be hit by fines as coronavirus restrictions were still in place.
Despite the event being cancelled, many women attended Clapham Common to pay their respects for Sarah but it descended into violence and some attending were detained by Met Police officers who had asked them to leave.
Organisers of the vigil in Wembley are hoping this one will go ahead smoothly.
A spokeswoman for Reclaim These Streets said: “Right now, we are putting all of our efforts into making sure this vigil is safe. It’s about giving women the chance to come together and mourn and take back ownership of public spaces and a chance for them to share their stories.
“We are hoping the conversation changes and that men start to call their friends out. Wayne Couzens [who admitting killing Sarah Everard last week] was nicknamed ‘The rapist.’
“The problem is it seems that justice is done when people are convicted but we are not acting before. There is relief when there is a conviction but those women are not coming home.”
The spokeswoman said during the organising of the last vigil, the group were threatened with criminal prosecution and fines which they did not want to pay as the money would be going to the police.
She said: “[At the vigil] there was a massive overreaction from the police. We couldn’t be there but people had gone to grieve. We had spoken with Lambert Police but The Met became involved and that’s what happened.
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“Scotland Yard had officers out in full dress, it was very frustrating. Women were there because they wanted to pay their respects and it wasn’t what it was about.
“This time we have had a conversation with Wembley Police. Officers will be there but only to direct people to the vigil and to the car park and to be on hand if they are needed.”
The vigil will start at Fryent Park at 7pm and a silence will be held at 7.30pm.
Speakers will include members of Nicole and Bibaa’s family and their friends, who have helped organise the vigil.
Reclaim These Streets say that the murders of Nicole and Bibaa did not get as much attention as other cases. Their mother, Mina Smallman, has already spoken out about the lack of action from the Met and said she is considering taking legal action against them.
The spokeswoman said: “There’s this idea that only certain victims are remembered and we only remember them as victims. I knew that something had happened but didn’t see a lot of reporting on it.
“Mina says that it’s because they were black women from a council estate and it didn’t trigger as much and women of colour have a harsher time and that had to play a part. It’s not fair and it shouldn’t be that way. People didn’t know about the girls when they went missing but we should be demanding that that is reported.”
The vigil will take place at Barn Hill Pond, Fryant Park, Wembley on August 3 at 7pm.
A minutes silence will be held at 7.30pm. Reclaim These Streets are encouraging people across the country to take part from wherever they are.