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The terrible pain is still there’

PUBLISHED: 16:35 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 14:42 25 August 2010

Bexley
22-04-08
Stephen Lawrence Memorial Service, St Martins-in-the-Fields
Doreen Lawrence & son Stuart with l/r, David Cameron, Gordon Brown, Archbishop of Canterbury, Jacqui Smith, Hazel Blears, Nick Clegg

Bexley 22-04-08 Stephen Lawrence Memorial Service, St Martins-in-the-Fields Doreen Lawrence & son Stuart with l/r, David Cameron, Gordon Brown, Archbishop of Canterbury, Jacqui Smith, Hazel Blears, Nick Clegg

THE mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence made an emotional journey around London on the 15th anniversary of her son s death.

THE mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence made an emotional journey around London on the 15th anniversary of her son's death.

Marking the day he died in 1993, Doreen Lawrence, 56, laid flowers and prayed at the spot where Stephen (pictured below) died in Well Hall Road, Eltham.

The visit on Tuesday was among a string of public appearances that day, including an interview on Radio 4 and memorial service at St Martin's in the Fields, Trafalgar Square, attended by Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

During her brief vigil in Eltham with her former Plumstead church minister Reverend David Cruise Mrs Lawrence remained calm and composed.

She said: "Stephen is always in my heart and today, of course, 15 years on, I am thinking about the waste of his life."

The mother told her friend and former minister Cruise that she was not sure how she would see the rest of the stressful day through.

Reverend Cruise said: "She is composed on the surface but underneath she feels a terrible pain.

"Doreen is still hurt by the fact that justice has not been done."

Mr Cruise meets with Mrs Lawrence twice a year - on the anniversary of Stephen's death and on his birthday. This year Stephen would have been 33.

At one point comforting Mrs Lawrence with a hug and kiss, Reverend Cruise led a prayer and a passage from the Bible where Jesus appears before Thomas resurrected.

He added: "Stephen was in the cubs with my own kids. They were committed churchgoers and I have kept in touch with them ever since.

"Stephen's death has definitely improved things. The police are now much more aware of the sensitivities surrounding race.

"I just feel very sad that the killers have not been brought to justice."

Mr Lawrence's central London memorial, entitled A Journey Travelled, was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and attended by PM Gordon Brown, Conservative Leader David Cameron and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg.

Justice Minister Jack Straw, who was also there, described Stephen's death as a "catalyst for change that should have happened years and years ago".

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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