Who was Damilola Taylor and how did he die?

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THE BRUTAL killing of a ten-year-old boy in South London shocked the nation.

Damilola Taylor was walking home from a library in Peckham when he was stabbed to death.

 Damilola Taylor was stabbed to death when he was aged just ten years old

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Damilola Taylor was stabbed to death when he was aged just ten years oldCredit: PA:Press Association

Who was Damilola Taylor?

The schoolboy was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and attended Wisdom Montessori School.

He travelled to the UK with his family to allow his sister Gbemi to get treatment for her epilepsy.

The family had barely moved to Britain for a better life when Damilola was cruelly killed on November 27, 2000.

Despite two unsuccessful trials, Richard and Gloria Taylor never gave up on the police or the British justice system.

 Damilola was captured on CCTV leaving Peckham Library moments before he was stabbed

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Damilola was captured on CCTV leaving Peckham Library moments before he was stabbedCredit: PA:Press Association

How did Damilola Taylor die?

Harrowing CCTV footage from the night the ten-year-old died shows him leaving Peckham Library at 4.51pm.

Damilola looked happy as he skipped home with a smile on his face - just 15 minutes later he was bleeding to death in a filthy stairwell.

The schoolboy was approaching the North Peckham Estate when he was stabbed in the leg with a piece of broken glass.

He ran to a concrete stairwell where he collapsed and was dead within 30 minutes.

Damilola was just ten days away from celebrating his 11th birthday.

Star Wars actor John Boyega and his sister Grace were some of the last people to be spotted on the CCTV footage with Damilola , while escorting him part of the way home.

The three were friends and the Boyegas helped babysit him.

 Damilola ran to a stairwell after being stabbed but bled to death in around 30 minutes

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Damilola ran to a stairwell after being stabbed but bled to death in around 30 minutesCredit: PA:Press Association

Who killed Damilola Taylor?

After Damilola's death, it took six years and three trials to identify and convict his killers.

In 2002, four boys went on trial at the Old Bailey charged with Damilola's murder.

But two of the boys were found not guilty and the other two were acquitted when it was ruled that a 14-year-old girl, who was the prosecution's key witness, was unreliable.

Speaking outside the Old Bailey after the case, Richard and Gloria Taylor vowed to continue fighting for justice.

Ricky Preddie, 13 at the time of the killing, was charged with his younger brother Danny in 2005 when forensic evidence, missed at the time, revealed tiny blood spots and fibres.

They were eventually convicted of manslaughter in 2006 and sentenced to eight years in youth custody - but released in 2011 and 2010.

 Danny Preddie (left) and his brother Ricky Preddie were convicted of the schoolboy's killing

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Danny Preddie (left) and his brother Ricky Preddie were convicted of the schoolboy's killingCredit: PA:Press Association

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Who are Danny and Ricky Preddie?

The brothers were members of a gang known as the Young Peckham Boys and by aged 12 and 13, were terrorising the streets of south London.

Danny was rarely out of supervision or detention and at the time of Damilola's killing, should have been subject to a 24-hour curfew in a social services home.

Four weeks after the killing, Danny Preddie was placed under a supervision order for an assault with intent to rob and two cases of racially aggravated assault. He breached the order.

Ricky Preddie, 13 at the time of the killing, also had a history of violence and theft. He was also supposed to have been under supervision when the schoolboy was killed.

Damilola Taylor is remembered in a moment of silence at his Brother's wedding 19 years after his death

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