|Birth: ||Sep. 13, 1974|
|Death: ||Apr. 22, 1993, England|
age: 18 yrs 7 mos 9 days
Parents: Doreen & Neville Lawrence
Stephen Lawrence was an 18-year-old sixth form student who was stabbed to death as he waited with a friend at a bus stop in Eltham, south-east London in Eltham on the night of April 22, 1993. It soon became clear that the murder was motivated by racism.
Gary Dobson and David Norris have been found guilty of the murder of Stephen Lawrence in April 1993. On April 22, 1993 Stephen Lawrence was stabbed to death in an unprovoked racist attack by a gang of white youths as he and friend Duwayne Brooks waited at a bus stop in Eltham, south east London.
Stephen Lawrence was a 19-year-old A-level student stabbed to death in an apparent racist attack in London on 22 April, 1993.
His murder prompted one of the most notorious police investigations in British history and an official investigation that had huge ramifications in law.
Five suspects were linked with the attack but a bungled police operation saw the cases against them collapse.
An official inquiry uncovered multiple failings on the part of the police and legal system and saw the force branded "institutionally racist".
Stephen Lawrence was born on 13 September, 1974, to Jamaican parents, Neville, a carpenter, and Doreen, a special needs teacher. He was raised in the racially diverse area of Plumstead in south-east London.
From an early age he dreamed of being an architect and at the time of his death he was studying English, design and technology, craft and physics at Blackheath Bluecoat School's sixth form college. A local architect's practice had already offered him a job.
He was known as a trusting and good-natured young man who enjoyed athletics and had been a Scout. He was a fan of soul music and enjoyed going out.
He and a friend, Duwayne Brooks, were waiting for a bus at around 10:30pm on the night of 22 April when a group of white men crossed the road and attacked Mr Lawrence. The assault lasted only moments but he was stabbed in the chest and arm, injuries which caused him to bleed to death.
After police failed to gather enough evidence against the five men suspected of carrying out the attack, the prosecution's case against two of them who were brought to trial collapsed. Mr Lawrence's parents then launched an unsuccessful private prosecution.
In 1997, nearly four years after the attack, the Daily Mail branded the five men "murderers" and dared them to sue – none of them took action. The growing public pressure resulted in a public inquiry by Sir William Macpherson which was highly critical of the original police investigation, as well as medical staff, government officials, schools and the judicial system.
Measures were brought in by the government to tackle the "institutional racism" and the Lawrence case eventually led to the Criminal Justice Act 2003 changing the rules on double jeopardy which would have allowed a second prosecution to be brought against Mr Lawrence's alleged killers in the light of evidence subsequently uncovered.
As well as changes in the law and establishment reforms, Stephen Lawrence's legacy includes the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, a Stephen Lawrence Prize awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Stephen Lawrence Architectural Centre in Deptford which opened in February 2008.
Created by: Marilyn
Record added: Jan 08, 2012
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