Sabrina Moss: Funeral for Kilburn birthday shooting victim

image captionMore than 300 people attended the funeral service

More than 300 people have turned out for the funeral of a nursery worker who was shot while she celebrated her birthday in north-west London.

Sabrina Moss, 24, died from a gunshot wound to the chest in Kilburn High Road on 24 August.

The service for the mother of one was held at St Alphage Church, Burnt Oak, which was decorated with white ribbons.

Martell Rico Warren, 22, of Station Road, Hillingdon, has been charged with her murder.

The Metropolitan Police said they were continuing to appeal for witnesses to the shooting, which took place at about 04:20 as Ms Moss stood outside Woody Grill in Kilburn High Road.

'Ripped away'

Before the service, Father Dane Batley-Gladden, of St Alphage Church, said: "Sabrina was a lively person with a keen sense of humour who was the life and soul of the party.

"I think it will be that lively personality that people will remember the most.

image captionSabrina Moss had "great plans" for the future

"Someone who was at the very heart of what they were as a family has been ripped away from them."

"A large number of people think to carry weapons is fine and actually it isn't," he added.

"It clearly breaks apart communities and damages people and the message we need to send out from here is it's time it stopped."

Mourners laid flowers outside the church before the service with a message on one bouquet reading: "You were taken so soon you will be missed everyday."

Det Ch Insp Andy Partridge said: "Sabrina's family especially are still coming to terms with the heartbreaking event that has led to her death.

"We know that there were a number of people in Messina Avenue at the junction with Kilburn High Road shortly before the shooting and there is a possibility that they would have seen two men loitering close to some cars parked in Messina Avenue.

"I am appealing to anyone who remembers walking past these two people to come forward."

He also said he urged anyone involved in the shooting or harbouring an offender to contact the police.

Ms Moss's friend Sabrina Gachette, 24, was also shot but has since been released from hospital.

Mr Warren, who is also charged with three counts of attempted murder and two counts of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, will appear at the Old Bailey on 19 November.

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