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Walker mother would meet killers
Gee Walker
Gee Walker has already said that she forgives her son's killers
The mother of murdered teenager Anthony Walker has said she would like to meet his killers in the future.

Gee Walker's 18-year-old son was killed with an ice axe near McGoldrick Park, Huyton, Merseyside, on 29 July 2005.

Paul Taylor, 20, and Michael Barton, 17, were jailed for life in December for the racist murder. Three others are charged in relation to the killing.

Mrs Walker told the BBC meeting them would help her to find out the "root cause" of their actions.

"If I'm going to help another family I've got to know why - the reason," she said.

"I can't just go and put a plaster or Sellotape over. I've got to know the root cause.

"So by meeting them, hopefully, if they'll meet me, I'm willing, I'll find out where did this come from."

Mrs Walker has already said she forgives the men.

Walker charity

Barton shouted racist abuse at Anthony as he waited at a bus stop near the Huyton Park pub with his cousin, Marcus Binns, and girlfriend, Louise Thompson.

The three walked away to go to another bus stop, but Barton and his cousin Taylor ambushed them near McGoldrick Park.

Marcus and Louise escaped, but Taylor caught up with Anthony and drove the ice axe into his skull.

The Walker family are setting up a charity in his name to fight racism.

The Anthony Walker Foundation will promote integration with money raised by the sale of wristbands.

The wristbands will read "In memory of Anthony Walker" with a message from his mother Gee on the other side reading: "Don't let my son's death be in vain."

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