The 35-year-old law graduate was just minutes from her front door when she was attacked while walking along Cranbrook Road in Ilford, east London, on June 26. Alena’s family takes place trying to comfort her loved ones while highlighting the epidemic of men’s violence against women and girls.
Many in Cranbrook Road wore white, while mourners left dozens of bouquets of flowers and cards to pay their respects to Ms Alena.
Roads in the area were closed to allow crowds to walk the 10-minute journey from where he was attacked to his home.
Speaking to the media on Friday, Ms Alina’s aunt said her niece was in her local community, an area she knew well where she felt safe, when she was attacked.
Farah Naz said the family was determined to try to “make a difference” and get Britain’s political leaders to act “now to prevent violence”.
He said. “(My niece) was not unaware that women were being hurt. It’s not about making the streets safer, it’s about changing mindsets.”
Tearfully, Mrs. Naz added: “We’ll never get through it, but it (walking) will help us.”
The vigil takes the form of a silent walk that shows the route Ms. Alena took but never managed to complete to “bring her safely back to where she belonged.”
Those attending the vigil met at 1.30pm in front of Cranbrook Rise on Cranbrook Road in Ilford, starting the walk at 2.17pm after Ms Alina was attacked on the morning of June 26.
Her family asked those in attendance to wear white and remain “quiet and somber” as “we walk in our hearts to Zara’s house”.
In anticipation of a silent vigil for Ms. Alena, women are sharing photos of their shoes on social media with the hashtag #SafelyHomeInOurShoes.
Prosecutors said the London man was returning home from a night out when he was dragged, kicked and groped.
The investigation revealed that he received many serious injuries.
Jordan McSweeney, 29, of Church Elm Lane, Dagenham, east London, appeared at the Old Bailey on Friday charged with murder, attempted rape and robbery.
He did not enter a plea and was remanded in custody.
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