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THE father of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence has said he no longer thinks about his son’s remaining killers being brought to justice.
On the first Stephen Lawrence Day today, Dr Neville Lawrence said he instead focuses on trying to stop further bloodshed amid concerns about the recent surge in violent crime on Britain’s streets.
Stephen’s mother, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, said she wanted the day to be about “celebrating and marking Stephen’s life … to look at the positiveness of what can come out of something so tragic.”
Dr Lawrence struck a similar tone, saying: “I had hoped that my son’s legacy would have been all around us, in the buildings he would have designed as an architect, but unfortunately he was snatched away from us.
“I wish a day in my son’s memory was for more joyful reasons but I am pleased and very proud that there is Stephen Lawrence Day so people will always remember him and the tragedy of his death.
“With the level of violence on our streets at the moment I hope that Stephen’s day will be used to talk about peace as well as to remember Stephen’s life, which was cut too short.
“I don’t think about my son’s other killers being brought to justice any more. I am too busy trying to help the cause of reducing violence on our streets.
“Instead of being angry I try to use my energy to motivate children and tell them that the can achieve whatever they want to achieve.”
Dr Lawrence is president of the Violent Crime Prevention Board, which aims to reduce bloodshed among young people, partly by diverting them away from crime.
His son Stephen, 18, was murdered on April 22 1993 in south-east London by a gang of racists as he waited for a bus with his friend Duwayne Brooks.
The original police investigation into his death was hampered by prejudice, incompetence and alleged corruption.
Two of his killers, Gary Dobson and David Norris, were eventually convicted of Stephen’s murder in 2012, but the remaining three or four culprits have not been brought to justice.
Last year Scotland Yard said that the investigation would be shelved unless any new significant information came to light.
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