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Doreen Lawrence carries the Olympic Flame

TORCHBEARER:Doreen Lawrence

DOREEN LAWRENCE, the mother of a black teenager who was killed in an unprovoked racist attack, says her murdered son would have been proud to see her carrying the Olympic torch this morning (July 23).

“Stephen would have said ‘well done mum!’” Lawrence told reporters after completing the run, around 7.49 am.

Lawrence, whose son Stephen was attacked by a group of white youths near a bus stop in Eltham, in southeast London in April 1993, was one of the Olympic torchbearers selected to carry the torch in Deptford, Southeast London.

The 59-year-old, who carried the flame into the forecourt of the Stephen Lawrence Centre in Deptford, south east London, a centre set up in memory of her son as base for community learning and development, added: “I was thinking about Stephen and what he would say if he was here.”

Lawrence, who was cheered on by hundreds of people, said: “Having my grand children and daughter here” made it easy.

The race campaigner later handed the flame to former Lewisham young mayor Kieran Lang, 16.

In January, Gary Dobson, 36, and David Norris, 35, were the first people convicted over the murder of Stephen.

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