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The family of Sarah Everard have said their lives are ‘changed forever’ in a tribute to her one year after her murder.

The marketing executive was kidnapped, raped and murdered by serving Met police officer Wayne Couzens on March 3, 2021.

He is serving a whole-life sentence in prison.

In a statement, the 33-year-old’s family said: “It is a year since Sarah died and we remember her today, as every day, with all our love. 

“Our lives have changed forever and we live with the sadness of our loss. Sarah was wonderful and we miss her all the time.”

The family also said they are grateful for the support they have had.

They added: “Over the past year we have been overwhelmed with the kindness shown to us, not just by family and friends, but by the wider public. 

“It has meant such a lot to us and has comforted us through this terrible time.

“Sadly, Sarah is not the only woman to have lost her life recently in violent circumstances and we would like to extend our deepest sympathy to other families who are also grieving.”

Ms Everard went missing while walking through Clapham Common to her home in Brixton.

She was kidnapped on Poynders Road by Couzens who used his police issued warrant card and knowledge of Covid-19 laws to arrest her.

On March 10, her remains were found in a woodland near Ashford, Kent.

Couzens pleaded guilty to kidnap and rape on June 8, to murder on June 9 and was sentenced to whole life in prison on September 30.

Tonight, community group Urban Angels will hold a walk to commemorate all the victims of gendered violence.

The Walk for Them march will start at Clapham North tube station at 7pm and move on to Clapham Common bandstand where there will be speeches and a minute’s silence. 

Organisers said they hope the event will highlight the need to make a positive cultural change.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: “Our thoughts are with Sarah Everard’s family and loved ones. 

“One year on we remain deeply disgusted and shamed that a Met police officer was responsible for Sarah’s appalling murder.”

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