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Memorial for unsolved murder man

Kelso Cochrane
Kelso Cochrane was yards away from his flat when he was attacked

A memorial is being unveiled for a man who was killed 50 years ago in a murder that has never been solved.

Kelso Cochrane, 32, a carpenter from Antigua, was killed by a group of white youths in Notting Hill Gate, west London, on 17 May 1959.

The plaque will be placed at the spot where he died in Westbourne Park.

The ceremony will mark the end of a weekend of events commemorating Mr Cochrane, which included a concert and tribute at his graveside.

Gang attack

Mr Cochrane was returning home from a visit to the local hospital when he was attacked by the gang.

One of the men stabbed Mr Cochrane in the heart with a stiletto knife. The group ran off after three men went to help.

Mr Cochrane died an hour later after being taken to hospital. His murder was never solved due to a lack of evidence.

I don't seek revenge for my brother's murder - I just want some sort of closure
Stanley Cochrane, Kelso Cochrane's brother

More than 1,200 people attended his funeral in 1959.

The police said his murder was not racially motivated, but many in the community, both black and white, believed it was the first racist killing of a black man in modern Britain.

Speaking to the BBC in 2006, Mr Cochrane's brother, Stanley Cochrane, said: "I don't seek revenge for my brother's murder. I just want some sort of closure."

The memorial plaque will be unveiled by the Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea Joanna Gardner and the High Commissioner of Antigua and Barbuda Karl Roberts.



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