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Richard Taylor dead: Campaigner dad of Damilola Taylor who was stabbed to death aged just 10 in 2000 has died

THE dad who campaigned for safer streets after his 10-year-old son was stabbed to death has sadly passed away.

Richard Taylor, the father of Damilola Taylor, died on Saturday after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer.

The Daily MirrorRichard Taylor, the father of Damilola Taylor who was stabbed to death, has passed away[/caption]

The former Nigerian civil servant dedicated years had dedicated years trying to improve the lives of disadvantaged children following his son’s death in 2000.

A statement issued on behalf of his family said: “It is with a heavy heart that the family announce the death of our beloved father, grandfather and uncle, Mr Richard Adeyemi Taylor OBE, who sadly passed away in the early hours of Saturday March 23 at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, after a prolonged battle with prostate cancer.”

Ten-year-old Damilola Taylor was killed on his way home from an after-school club at the local library.

He was ambushed and stabbed in the leg with a broken bottle by two brothers, who were 12 and 13 at the time.

Damilola managed to crawl to a stairwell on the council estate where he lived in Peckham, south London, but tragically bled to death.

The senseless attack 24 years ago happened just four months after he had moved to England with his family from Nigeria in hope of a better life.



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