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Priest speaks out against carrying weapons at Sabrina Moss funeral in Burnt Oak
A priest spoke out against gang culture at the funeral of nursery worker Sabrina Moss who was shot and killed while she celebrated her 24th birthday.
The young mother, who grew up in Grahame Park, was shot in Kilburn High Road on Saturday, August 24 at 4.19am and died later that morning in hospital.
Today her coffin arrived at St Alphage Church in Montrose Avenue, Burnt Oak in a white horse-drawn carriage.
Addressing the congregation, Father Dane Batley-Gladden said: “The word tragedy is used too easily and too often, and yet here is a true tragedy. A young woman, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend is wrenched from us: suddenly, in appalling violence and all of us here are living with the consequences of that.
“There is too much of this on our streets but the responsibility for starting to turn the tide doesn't rest with everybody else, with people out there, far away, it starts with us. For we must send out the message that weapons have no place in our community.”
Father Batley-Gladden went on to stress the importance of encouraging people not to carry weapons.
He said: “Each of us needs to say to our neighbours, to our friends and family: In memory of Sabrina Moss, disarm.
“No one us made safer because they have a weapon, in fact every single one of us is made more vulnerable every time someone is armed and Sabrina’s death is proof of that.
“Going out tooled up is wrong.”
Friends and family left bunches of flowers and cards as a tribute to Ms Moss who had recently moved from her home in Hendon to Neasden with her partner Arron and their four-year-old son.
Her friend Sabrina Gachette, 24, was also shot during the incident in August but has since been released from hospital.
A 22-year-old man has since been charged with the murder. He currently remains in custody and will appear at the Old Bailey on November 19 for a plea and case management hearing.
Police have renewed their appeal for witnesses or anyone who knows anything about the incident.
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