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Wednesday, 6 December, 2000, 10:56 GMT
Damilola tragedy unfolds

Ten-year-old Damilola Taylor bled to death after being stabbed on his way home from school in Peckham, south London. His killing shocked the whole of Britain.



18 January 2001
Damilola's coffin is carried into church
Damilola's coffin is carried into church

Some 300 mourners attend Damilola's funeral in London, including his parents Richard and Gloria Taylor, the Nigerian Arsenal player Kanu and the Nigerian High Commissioner Prince Bola Ajibola.

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Click here to watch CCTV footage taken shortly before Damilola Taylor was killed


15 December 2000

Leeds defender Rio Ferdinand
Rio Ferdinand grew up in Peckham
Football star Rio Ferdinand has appealed for children to come forward with more information which could help the ongoing investigation. The Leeds United defender, who grew up in Peckham, told children it was "not cool" to hide information.

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12 December 2000

Detective Superintendent David Dillnut
Detective Superintendent David Dillnut
The supervising officer to the investigation, Detective Superintendent David Dillnut, told reporters that Damilola's parents had been "very distressed" by recent newspaper reports that their son's death may have been a tragic accident. He said: "This was, is and remains a murder inquiry."

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9 December 2000

Mourners at the memorial service
Mourners at the memorial service

Hundreds of people took part in a memorial march which stopped briefly outside Damilola's primary school, to look at an array of floral tributes left outside. They then filed slowly into St Luke's church, in Pentridge Street, for a commemoration of his life.

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7 December 2000

Damilola's brother, Tunde Taylor
Damilola's brother, Tunde Taylor

In an emotional speech, Damilola's bother Tunde Taylor told a hushed memorial service of his wish that he could have protected his brother from the killer.

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6 December 2000

Damilola's father, Richard Taylor
Damilola's father makes a public appeal for information

The father of 10-year-old Damilola Taylor has described his son's killing as a "calamity". Speaking publicly for the first time since the fatal stabbing nine days ago, Richard Taylor told of the family's profound sense of loss.

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4 December 2000

Last steps: Damilola enters a lift with two others
Last steps: Damilola enters a lift with two others

Police release closed circuit surveillance footage showing Damilola shortly before he was killed. They hope the three clips will jog someone's memory. He is seen crossing a square before entering a library for an after-school computer class.

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3 December 2000

Reverend Wesley Daniel prayed for community
Reverend Wesley Daniel prayed for community

Special church services are held in south London in memory of Damilola. One leading churchman, Rev Wesley Daniel at Peckham Methodist Church, told his congregation the community was struggling to come to terms with the killing.

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2 December 2000

His father clasps a railing for support
His father clasps a railing for support

Damilola's father pays an emotional visit to the spot where his son died. His weeping echoes around the block. The same day, two black youths and a woman, aged 39, are arrested and later released on police bail.

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30 November 2000

Improvements are being made to the estate
Improvements are being made to the estate

The estate has a notoriously bad crime record, but the Government says things are changing. A massive injection of funding has helped regenerate this deprived part of London. But has the programme done enough?

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30 November 2000

Straw listens to local concerns
Jack Straw listens to local concerns

The Home Secretary, Jack Straw, pays a visits to the Peckham estate in an attempt to appeal for information on Damilola's killer. In the process, he comes face to face with angry residents fearful of crime in the area.

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29 November 2000

Police sift through refuse
Police sift through refuse

A fingertip search of the area uncovers a knife and broken glass close to the stairwell. It is thought they could have been used to kill Damilola. In the Commons, the Prime Minister Tony Blair expresses his shock and outrage over the killing.

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27 November 2000

Police cordon off the crime scene
Police cordon off the crime scene

Damilola is found dead on the stairwell of the North Peckham Estate in south east London. A post mortem examination finds the cause of death was a stab wound to the left leg. Police immediately launch a murder inquiry.

Click here to watch the BBC's Stephen Cape's report on the killing


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