DEVASTATED colleagues of murdered teacher Sabina Nessa are trying to remain strong for her pupils despite being "consumed by grief".
The 28-year-old was attacked as she walked to a pub near her home in Kidbrooke, South East London, to meet an old pal last Friday.
Her body was discovered buried under a pile of leaves in Cator Park almost 24 hours later with cops now hunting her killer.
Sabina's heartbroken colleagues at Rushey Green Primary School, where she taught first-year pupils, have now spoken of their grief.
One told South London Press: “No one and nothing can prepare you for this – the first anyone knew was when we arrived at school on Monday morning.
“It is awful enough when someone dies. This is so much worse. It is impossible to even comprehend – that she suffered in the most violent way. We were sitting beside her on Friday – then this.
“The Year Two pupils, who she had last year in Year One, will be the most upset – and their parents.
“Everyone is supporting each other. But it is hard for teachers to reassure children who are nervous about being at school for the first time – while they are themselves putting on a brave face while consumed with grief themselves.”
Sabina, who had dreamed of a move to Dubai, taught children aged five and six at the 600-pupil primary school in Catford.
Headteacher Lisa Williams has spoken to classes following the horror with support also offered to kids and staff.
She said: "We are devastated by Sabina's tragic death. She was a brilliant teacher; she was kind, caring and absolutely dedicated to her pupils.
"She had so much life ahead of her and so much more to give and her loss is desperately sad.
"As a school we are supporting each other through this very difficult time."
'OUR WORLD IS SHATTERED'
Duncan Morrison, secretary of the National Education Union's Lewisham branch, revealed how Sabina had a "strong relationship" with her class who are trying to deal with the "terrible" tragedy.
He added: “It is hard even for an adult to comprehend what seems to be the senseless murder of a young woman. Her pupils are so young, which makes it all the more difficult. It is hard even to explain to the oldest children at a primary school.
Last night, hundreds of mourners gathered for a candlelight vigil to remember Sabina.
Her sister, Jebina, broke down in tears as she paid an emotional tribute.
"We have lost an amazing, caring, beautiful sister, who left this world far too early," she said.
“Sabina loved her family. It feels like we’re stuck in a bad dream and cannot get out of it."
As she struggled through tears she said: “Our world is shattered. No family should go through what our family is going through.
"She didn't reach her 29th birthday next month."
The Duchess of Cambridge – who left flowers at the vigil for Sarah Everard said her thoughts were with Sabina's family and friends.
She tweeted that she was “saddened by the loss of another innocent young woman on our streets”.
Sabina's death has sparked outrage after she joined a growing list of women killed in public spaces in London in recent months.
Campaigners are now demanding action to tackle violence against women in the wake of the latest tragedy.
The Victims' Commissioner for England and Wales has urged police to do more to make the streets safer for women.
Dame Vera Baird told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "Apparently the police have been giving out rape alarms to women and giving leaflets out saying how to stay safe in a public place.
"It is less, isn't it, about giving women leaflets on keeping themselves safe in dangerous places and more about the police making the streets safe for women?"
A 38-year-old man from Lewisham, South London arrested on suspicion of murder has been released under investigation.
A second man, aged in his 40s, who was held on suspicion of murder the day after Sabina's body was found was also later released under further investigation.
Cops are now hunting a suspect seen in CCTV footage walking through nearby Pegler Square after Sabina was attacked.
They have also released an image of a silver car it is believed he had access to that police are searching for.
Anyone who with information has been asked to police on 101 quoting reference 5747/18.
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