Church leader hopes Black Lives Matter movement can help prevent tragic deaths like that of Damilola Taylor

A CHURCH leader hopes the Black Lives Matter movement can help prevent deaths like that of tragic Damilola Taylor.

Friday marks 20 years since the ten-year-old bled to death after two brothers stabbed him with a broken bottle in an estate stairwell.

The killing in Peckham, South London, came just months after his family moved to the UK from Nigeria.

It took six years to convict Danny and Ricky Preddie, just 12 and 13 at the time he died, of manslaughter.

The Very Rev Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark, said George Floyd’s murder in the US in May makes him question whether anything has changed.

But he hopes BLM can make a difference for today’s generation.

A cathedral service for Damilola has been postponed until May due to Covid.

Rev Nunn added: “Damilola would have been 30 this year, a young man contributing to our society.

“We can still pray and remember, and hope and act that things will be different for this generation of black children and all people of colour.

"Damilola’s life mattered — and still does.”

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