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Stephen Lawrence remembered on 22nd anniversary of death

2015-04-23 00:09:48

Stephen-LawrenceRemembered: Stephen Lawrence

Today marks 22 years since the death of Stephen Lawrence, who was killed in an unprovoked racist attack in Eltham, southeast London.

The 18-year-old, who would have turned 41 this year, was set upon by a gang of white youths at a bus stop while on his way home with friend, Duwayne Brooks in 1993.

His death exposed the failings of the police and serves as a sinister reminder that the fight against racism must persevere.

Stephen’s mother, Doreen, has tirelessly campaigned for justice since her eldest son’s death.

Speaking to The Voice in 2013, the recently-appointed Labour peer said: “Even though he was an extrovert when he was alive, I think he would be somewhat shy to see how much his name permeates across the world.

“It’s not just in this country that his name is so recognised. Although he may be embarrassed, at the same time he would still think it was great.”

On January 4, 2012, Gary Dobson and David Norris were sentenced to a total of 29 years for his murder. It is believed the pair was part of a larger group of up to six attackers, who are yet to be convicted.

An English Heritage-approved memorial, organised by the Nubian Jak Community Trust, was unveiled at the Stephen Lawrence Centre in 2013.

It is one of only three blue plaques of its kind dedicated to individuals who lost their lives in tragic circumstances. The first commemorated Kelso Cochrane and the second honoured the victims of the 1981 New Cross Fire.

Through the efforts of his loved ones, Stephen's legacy lives on.

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