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Last Updated: Friday, 5 August 2005, 17:01 GMT 18:01 UK
Two in court over Walker killing
Anthony Walker
Anthony Walker was attacked near McGoldrick Park
A man and a youth have appeared in court charged with the murder of black teenager Anthony Walker.

The 18-year-old died from axe injuries after he was attacked near McGoldrick Park in Huyton, Merseyside last Friday.

Paul Taylor, 20, of Elizabeth Road in Huyton, and 17-year-old Michael Barton were remanded in custody by Knowsley magistrates on Friday.

They are due before Liverpool Crown Court on 23 August. A third man, aged 23, has been released on police bail.

Pay their respects

Mr Taylor and the youth are accused of murdering A-Level student Anthony on 30 July and conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm to him on 29 July.

Anthony Walker's family
Anthony Walker's family were at court to hear the charges read out

Members of Anthony's family attended the five-minute hearing. His mother Gee, a special needs teacher, arrived at court with her two daughters.

A vigil for Anthony is being held on Friday.

People were gathering at St Gabriel's Church to pay their respects on Friday evening before walking to the scene of the attack.

There will be a short service of prayers and reflection at 1930 BST, before a candlelit procession leaves the church in Hall Lane to arrive in McGoldrick Park an hour later.

Police previously questioned four more men who were subsequently released on bail.


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