The father of a student murdered in a botched drive-by shooting said by killing his daughter the murderers had 'killed his family'.

Tyre firm boss Feroz Suleman, 40, arranged the execution of a rival businessman in broad daylight but the gunman he hired instead shot dead innocent passer-by Aya Hachem.

As seven men were today each sentenced for life for her "senseless and shocking" murder, Aya's father Ismail told the court in a statement: "They didn't just kill Aya, they killed our family.

"The light in our lives has gone out."

Law student Aya, 19, was shot in the chest from a passing car as she shopped for groceries near her home in Blackburn, Lancs., on May 17 last year.

Feroz Suleman, who has been convicted and sentenced of the murder of Aya Hachem (

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Anthony Ennis is one of seven who have been sentenced for life (

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She was not the intended target of the shooting, which came after a long-running fued between rival tyre firm owners Feroz Suleman and Pachah Khan.

Suleman, 40, arranged the execution of rival businessman Khan but the gunman he hired mistakenly shot Ms Hachem dead instead.

Suleman, Kashif Manzoor, 26, Ayaz Hussain, 35, Abubakr Satia, 32, Zamir Raja, 33, Anthony Ennis, 31, Uthman Satia, 29, were found guilty of murder at Preston Crown Court this week.

Law student Aya, 19, was shot in the chest from a passing car (

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Aya was shot as she was walking to the supermarket to buy food for her family to eat when they broke their Ramadan fast.

The Salford University student and budding lawyer was "in the wrong place at the wrong time", the court heard.

The gang was jailed by the Honourable Mr Justice Turner today in front of Aya's heartbroken dad Ismail, mum Samar and brother Ibrahim, who watched on from the public gallery.

Uthman Satia received a minimum term of 28 years (

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Kashif Manzoor received a sentence of 27 years (

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Each of the defendants received a life sentence with minimum terms.

Suleman and Raja must serve at least 34 years while Ennis received a minimum of 33 years, Hussain 32 years and Manzoor 27 years.

Abubakr Satia and Uthman Satia received a minimum term of 28 years, meaning the defendant's sentences add up to at least 216 years.

Abubakr Satia, another member of the group that has been jailed for the murder (

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Zamir Raja was convicted at Preston Crown Court and has also now been jailed (

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In a separate statement issued post-verdict earlier this week, the family said: "We thank God for the justice that has been served.

"To our dear beautiful angel in heaven we know you are in a better and more beautiful place. God chose you from amongst many and blessed you with martyrdom.

"We are so proud of you and we miss you so much - our lives are difficult without you. This is God's decree and praise be to God for this. You will remain in our hearts forever.

Ayaz Hussain has been given a life sentence (

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Judy Chapman, 26, was found guilty of manslaughter (

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"You loved life and despite all the struggles and barriers that we faced in this country, it did not stop you contributing to your community and charites.

"God chose you as an angel in his heaven. Heaven is yours and may God give us the patience after your murder. We love you."

During the trial, it was heard Ennis drove a Toyota Avensis with shooter Raja inside past Quickshine Tyres three times before the fatal shot was fired.

CCTV footage showed Suleman stood outside his own business, RI Tyres, with a "ringside seat" to the killing he had arranged.

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The first shot hit the front window of Quickshine while the second went off as Aya walked by.

She was given emergency treatment at the scene before being rushed to hospital, where she died a short time later.

The jury was told the feud had started in early 2019 when Quickshine, which previously only washed cars, began selling tyres next door to RI Tyres.

The defendants' co-accused Judy Chapman, 26, was cleared of murdering Aya but found guilty of manslaughter.

She will be sentenced in October.

Seven men were found guilty of Aya's murder (

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The investigation into the tragic murder of Aya Hachem involved up to 400 officers, with 80,000 hours of CCTV seized, 300 phones and digital devices captured, more than 60 scenes searched and roughly 30 vehicles seized, according to the police.

Lancashire Police said it was 'one of the most complex, widespread and meticulous' investigations they had ever undertaken.

Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Chief Inspector Zoe Russo said: "Today is the conclusion of what has been one of the most complex, widespread and meticulous investigations that Lancashire Police has ever undertaken. I personally have never worked on anything of this scale and it is certainly a case I will never forget.

"As an investigation team, our aim was always clear; to get justice for Aya - an innocent young woman with so much promise who was killed as she was going to the supermarket- during the holy month of Ramadan, and her family. With today's results, I hope that they feel we have achieved that."