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  Tributes for 'loveable' Damilola
Updated 27 November 2001, 15.25
Damilola's parents with the Prime Minister and his wife
A memorial service has been held in south London for Damilola Taylor - exactly a year after he was killed on his way home from school.

Damilola's parents were joined by the Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife at an emotional ceremony to open a youth centre in the boy's name in Peckham.

Damilola Taylor
A bronze plaque was unveiled bearing an image of the 10-year-old and some words written by him shortly before his death.

Damilola's words

The words he wrote were: "I will travel far and wide to choose my destiny and remould the world.

"I know it is my destiny to defend the world, which I hope to achieve during my lifetime."

Damilola's brother and sister at the ceremony
Damilola's father spoke of his sorrow at the loss of his son, who bled to death in a stairwell near his home after being stabbed.

Earlier, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr George Carey, paid tribute to the "loveable and intelligent" youngster.

And Mr Blair described Damilola as "remarkable young boy".

Two 15-year-old boys have denied murder. The trial has been set for January next year.

  • A single called Wake up the Morning featuring Gabrielle, Des'ree, Damage and Damilola's classmates was released this week.

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