Doreen Lawrence launches campaign on 20th anniversary of Stephen’s death
PUBLISHED: 17:48 22 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:48 22 April 2013
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The mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence launched a campaign to mark the 20th anniversary of her son’s death today - exactly a year after his killers were convicted.
Doreen Lawrence said more would be done this year to ensure no other family has to go through what she endured, including an outreach programme to new police chiefs.
Other plans involve a concert, a criminal justice lecture, an annual memorial lecture and a gala ball to help raise awareness and funds.
Gary Dobson and David Norris, formerly of Berryfield Close, Chislehurst, were jailed for life last January for Stephen’s murder, while Ms Lawrence continues to press for the tracing and arrest of others involved in the murder.
A gang of five or six white youths set upon the black A-level student in Eltham in 1993.
Mrs Lawrence said: “It is hard to believe that 2013 will mark 20 years since Stephen died.
“This time last year we faced the conviction of two of Stephen’s killers and the relief I felt then has stayed with me through the extraordinary year that was 2012.
“Despite this, our focus has to be on the next 20 years. There is more to be done to get justice for Stephen and to ensure that no other family has to go through what we endured.”