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Stephen Lawrence’s dad forgives son’s killers

FORGIVENESS: Neville Lawrence says he's forgiven the men who murdered his son Stephen

STEPHEN LAWRENCE’S dad has said that he forgives the men who stabbed his son to death in a racially motivated attack 25 years ago.

Neville Lawrence, who is a Christian, said that choosing to forgive his son’s murderers was the hardest decision he would ever make in his life.

Lawrence said: “When these boys killed my son Stephen, they created a legend.

“There is debate about racism, there are organisations set up to help to make people understand about racism, the police have been put under the spotlight because of Stephen’s death.”

The 78-year-old also said that he would be spending the 25th anniversary of his son’s death (April 22) in church.

His comments come ahead of a three-part BBC documentary on the Stephen Lawrence murder, the first episode of which will air tomorrow.

Two men – David Norris and Gary Dobson – are currently serving life sentences for the death of Stephen Lawrence, who was 18 years old when he was attacked at a bus stop in Eltham.

The rest of the men who were involved in the attack have not been brought to justice.

Lawrence also spoke out about the spike in youth violence in London.

He said: “Right now with the violence, and the knife crime violence, it is even more urgent now that I talk to these youngsters and explain to them the pain and the suffering they inflict on families.”

He added: “My family, especially me, I will never be the person I was before Stephen’s death. Maybe sometimes people think you can just brush things aside. You can never brush this aside, this is going to live with you for the rest of your life. This is a life sentence that you can’t finish. The only time my life sentence will be finished is when I’m in the ground.”

Doreen Lawrence, Stephen’s mother, previously said that she did not forgive her son’s killers.

Speaking to the Daily Mail in 2012, she said: “I don't forgive them, no. You can only forgive somebody when they have shown remorse and accepted what they have done – and they haven't."

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