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Sir Trevor McDonald and Angela Griffin among stars paying tribute to Stephen Lawrence in emotional video

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Sir Trevor McDonald and Angela Griffin are among the stars paying tribute to Stephen Lawrence in an emotional video.

On April 22, 1993, 18-year-old Stephen was stabbed to death after a group of white men launched an unprovoked racist attack as he waited at a bus stop with a friend in Eltham, south east London.

Two people were convicted of the murder in 2012.

Stars including newsreader Sir Trevor, White Lines actress Angela, Loose Women panellist Judi Love and Strictly star Lady Emma Weymouth have come together to star in the short film, titled Never Forget Stephen Lawrence.

Newsreader Jon Snow, writer Benjamin Zephaniah, actor Kwame Kwei-Armah, actress Georgina Campbell, and musician Beverley Knight are also among those paying tribute to the murdered teen.

Helmed by the newly formed Stephen Lawrence foundation, the film aims to highlight Stephen’s legacy 28 years after his murder, and calls on viewers to ‘help us create a legacy of change’.

Stephen Lawrence

Lawrence was murdered in a racist attack (Picture: Met Police)

It also marks the launch of Stephen Lawrence Day 2021, which will take place on April 21.

The three-minute film is directed by Simon Frederick and narrated by poet Max Cyrus.

Baroness Doreen Lawrence, founder of the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation, said: ‘The events of 2020: – George Floyd’s death, and the subsequent resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, along with societal inequalities exposed and exacerbated by COVID has made us reflect how we engage with our communities.

‘This brought a sharp focus on what I want to be achieved in Stephen’s name. I want Stephen Lawrence Day to be a reflective learning experience, and a celebration and a journey toward greater equality and inclusion for all.’

Sir Trevor McDonald

Sir Trevor has led the stars as they pay tribute (Picture: Getty Images)

Killers Gary Dobson and David Norris were jailed for life at the Old Bailey in 2012 at the end of a trial that hinged on tiny traces of forensic evidence found years after the crime.

Two of the three remaining suspects, brothers Neil and Jamie Acourt, have since served jail time for drug dealing, while Luke Knight has remained free but there was insufficient evidence to charge them with Stephen’s murder.

A possible sixth man was identified by witnesses and arrested in 2014 but was never charged.

Earlier this year, police ended the active investigation into Lawrence’s death.

When the Met announced two years ago that it was mothballing the investigation and it was unlikely to progress without new information, Stephen’s mother, Doreen Lawrence, said she wanted the probe closed.

However, his father, Neville, said he hoped the family could get ‘total justice’ and that he would never give up.

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