Tributes to ‘perfect mother’ gunned down during birthday celebrations

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A WOMAN who was gunned down while out celebrating her birthday had a young son and cherished working as a nursery teacher, her family said.

Sabrina Moss, of Neasden, north west London, died in hospital after being involved in a double shooting.

Police said she was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time after going out to enjoy her 24th birthday with friends.

Another 24-year-old woman is in hospital, with her condition described as critical but stable.

They were hit when shots were fired in the street in Kilburn, north west London.

Ms Moss’s parents, John and Andrea Moss, said in a statement issued through Scotland Yard: “Our family has been devastated by this horrific incident that has changed our lives forever.

“Sabrina was a fun-loving girl who made friends wherever she went. She was a lovely daughter and a perfect mother to her young son, whom she adored.

“She cherished working as a nursery teacher and treasured working with the children, who undoubtedly will miss her dearly.

“We urge anyone with any information to contact the police to help catch those responsible.”

Ms Moss’s parents spoke as two men were being held over the incident.

The Yard said yesterday that a second man was being held at a north London police station, and the first man arrested remained in custody.

Detective Chief Inspector John Sandlin, of the Metropolitan Police, said: “Inquiries continue to establish the full circumstances of this tragic incident.

“At this early stage, I believe the two women were innocent parties who were caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Officers were called at 4.12am on Saturday to reports of shots fired in the street in Kilburn High Road, at the junction with Messina Avenue.

Police and the London Ambulance Service found two women suffering from gunshot injuries and both were taken to London hospitals. Ms Moss was pronounced dead later.

Tributes to Ms Moss flooded on to social networking site Twitter.

Adjei Adu wrote: “My heart goes out to her family and the lil one she’s left behind, sleep well Sabrina Moss.” Leila Hassan tweeted: “My Thoughts Are With Your Family... A Beautiful Young Woman, Mother and Daughter!”