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'No hatred' for Walker murderers
Gee Walker
Gee Walker said reaching one person could "make a difference"
The mother of murdered black teenager Anthony Walker has said she feels no hate for the men who killed her son.

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 that she feels "no hate for them whatsoever. I just feel motherly".

In an exclusive interview with North West Tonight, she said she wants to find out what was behind the hate which led them to kill her son.

Michael Barton (left) and Paul Taylor
I'd love to do the motherly thing and sit them down and find out why
Gee Walker
"I've got a mother's heart," she said. "I just feel like, what's missing in their lives?"

"I know it's strange, but it's true.

"I'd love to do the motherly thing and sit them down and find out why.

"But as for hate, none at all. I just feel sadness."

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.

'Fight racism'

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.

Anthony Walker
Anthony Walker was out with his girlfriend and cousin

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."

Paul Morson, 25, of Huyton, denies supplying the pair with a getaway car and perverting the course of justice.

Robert Williams, 31, and Tracy Garner, 34, both of Kirkdale, deny conspiracy to assist an offender.

All three are due to appear before Liverpool Crown Court on 3 April for trial.

The full interview will be broadcast on BBC One on North West Tonight at 1830 GMT.




SEE ALSO:
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