A FLORAL tribute has been left at the scene where 19-year-old Aya Hachem was fatally shot.

Bouquets of flowers line a gate on King Street in Blackburn, near to where the Salford University law student was standing when she was the unintentional target of a drive-by shooting. 

Messages of sympathy are written on the bouquets.

Lancaster And Morecambe Citizen:

The flowers which have been left at the scene

Lancaster And Morecambe Citizen:

Aya Hachem

Following Aya's death, her mother, father and three siblings paid tribute to her in a touching family statement.

They said: "Our beautiful 19-year-old daughter Aya has been taken from us in the most horrific circumstances.

"She was the most loyal devoted daughter who enjoyed spending time with her family especially her brothers and sisters Ibraham, Assil and Amir.

"She excelled in her studies both at Blackburn Central High School and at Salford University where she was in her second year and dreamed of becoming a solicitor.

"She had just completed her exams and was learning to drive.

"We her parents are absolutely devastated by her death and would like to take this opportunity to plead with any members of the public who may have any information however small that may bring those responsible to justice."

A murder investigation is underway and several arrests have been made.