A close family friend of Damilola Taylor, the schoolboy who was killed 23 years ago in Peckham, is holding a memorial event in his honour.
The event will consist of a special church service and afternoon tea to remember the ten-year-old who was killed on September 27, 2000, after being stabbed to death on his way home from Peckham Library.
His family had moved over from Nigeria just four months earlier in the hope of a better life.
Monday, November 27 marks the 23rd anniversary of this tragic killing, and community activist and close friend of the Taylor family, Eula Clarke told us why it’s important to keep Damilola’s memory alive.
“His memory inspires us to be a catalyst for positive change,” she said, “ensuring all children are protected.
“But we also must celebrate the legacy that has been left behind, like the students who are now trained to become doctors on the Extended Medical Degree at King’s.”
This course was introduced at King’s College University to help bright and talented young people from deprived backgrounds become doctors – which could have included Damilola had he still been alive today.
In 2005, Ms Clarke held an anniversary event and raised thousands for the Damilola Taylor Trust – set up by his parents following his death to support disadvantaged youth.
She hopes this event will be as well received.
Click here to buy a ticket (£75) to the memorial event (contact Eula on 07940163595 to avoid the booking fee on Eventbrite.)
The ticket is valid for entry on both days and pays for the afternoon tea, as well as a donation to the Trust.