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Thursday, 25 April, 2002, 17:11 GMT 18:11 UK
Parents' 'torment' goes on
Richard and Gloria Taylor
No nearer the truth: Richard and Gloria Taylor
When Gloria and Richard Taylor arrived at the Old Bailey in January they had waited 14 months for someone to be brought to trial for their young son's murder.

Their world had been torn apart by Damilola's death in November 2000.

Richard spoke of the loneliness of his 10-year-old's son death.


This little innocent boy, he suffered before he died - I find it extremely painful

Richard Taylor
"There was no help, nobody to assist him, nobody to take him to hospital, he was still alive.

"This little boy, this little innocent boy, he suffered before he died. I find it extremely painful."

Mr Taylor, a civil servant from Nigeria, said Damilola's death devastated his life.

"We will miss this lovely boy - my life can never be the same without Damilola.

"He took 10 years to come and gave us only 10 years of happiness. But I'm sure his soul is in a happier place."

'Struggle' to understand

The Taylors, who had brought Damilola to Britain with his brother and sister in the hope of finding an epilepsy cure for his elder sister, sat through much harrowing evidence in court.

But the case has brought them no nearer to finding out what happened to Damilola, their representative said after the trial.

From left: Tunde and Berne Taylor
Damilola came to the UK to be with brother Tunde and sister Berne
Neill O'May, speaking to reporters outside the Old Bailey on behalf of the Taylors, said they still believed their son was murdered and were still looking for answers.

He said: "Mr and Mrs Taylor came to this court to understand and know the truth of why Damilola died.

"They wanted to know who killed him and why he was killed.

"Sadly they feel that the court proceedings have brought them no nearer to an answer to those burning questions, which continue to torment them."

Mr O'May said the case had raised some very important issues and the Taylors would not rest until they knew the full facts of what happened to their son.

"They hope that the result of this verdict will not mean that people will stop asking the questions of what went on, who killed Damilola and why the events were allowed to happen.

"They would like everyone to know that their struggle to understand what went on continues.

'A short but good life'

"They hope everyone will support and continue to support them in that."

Mr O'May said the Taylors had received an "enormous" number of letters and messages of support from around the country and they wanted to thank all those who contacted them.

One year after Damilola's death the Taylors took part in a ceremony to mark the anniversary.


We thank God for him, he changed our lives

Richard Taylor
A youth centre in Peckham was renamed after their son.

Mr Taylor said his family was honoured there would be a lasting tribute to his son.

"I now realise that things happen in life for no reason, that's how God wants it to happen.

"Damilola's was a short but good life, we thank God for him, he changed our lives and the memory of such a boy and his terrible loss will remain with us forever."

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