On the 27th of November 2000, the nation was left stunned, heartbroken and devastated when 10-year-old schoolboy, Damilola Taylor, was murdered as he made his way home after school.
Damilola was found bleeding to death in the stairwell of his housing estate, having been stabbed after a group of young people tried to rob him.
Last night, the BBC aired their TV drama about the high-profile killing, Damilola: Our Loved Boy, and the incredible show left viewers reaching for the tissues.
The 90 minute programme documented Damilola’s family as they made the decision to move to the UK from Nigeria just seven months before his death, hoping to get better treatment for their ill daughter in Britain.
It also depicted Damilola’s bright and bubbly personality as he adjusted to life in Britain – and his family’s devastation and heartbreak following his tragic death.
As a result of the murder, Damilola’s father, Richard, decided to do something about youth crime in London, opening the Damilola Taylor Community Centre to help young people get off the streets, and watching the last few years of the Taylor’s family lives unfold on the small screen was all too much for some – including Leigh-Anne Pinnock from girl group Little Mix:
No but seriously big up BBC this is what that gangland rubbish was missing. A clear message. #DamilolaOurLovedBoy
— ???????? (@OiLozzz) November 7, 2016
Who stabs a 10 year old? I still don't understand #DamilolaOurLovedBoy
— Hi (@__WesleyBD) November 7, 2016
A story that should never be forgotten.. absolutely heartbreaking ????leigh x #DamilolaOurLovedBoy
— Little Mix (@LittleMix) November 7, 2016
— Lovinglife (@SJMMlovinglife) November 7, 2016
Damilola Taylor's story always makes me upset even many years later … a life cut short way too soon #DamilolaOurLovedBoy
— YT – sairassecret (@sairassecret) November 7, 2016
Respect for BBC to have this shown during a prime time evening period. This boy's story shouldn't be ever forgotten #DamilolaOurLovedBoy
— Diego Dan$o™ (@OhYeahGuy) November 7, 2016
My Heart Feels So Heavy After Watching #DamilolaOurLovedBoy ????????????
— K.Ashantii (@KayziaAshantii) November 8, 2016
— Chelsea Mabey (@Chelsea_Laa) November 8, 2016
#DamilolaOurLovedBoy So heart breaking… He would have been my little brothers age if he survived. A young man – such a waste! ????
— Billo_Rani (@London_Blogger1) November 8, 2016
Heartbroken watching #damilolaourlovedboy such a sad, sad story. What an amazing family.
— Laura Bangay (@laurabangay) November 8, 2016
#DamilolaOurLovedBoy performed well and heartbreaking to see how it affected the family. I cried way too much but it was needed to be seen!
— doyinaj (@ermdoyin) November 8, 2016
It took six years and three trials before anybody was convicted for Damilola’s death, with brothers Danny and Ricky Preddie eventually being convicted of manslaughter in 2006.
They were aged just 12 and 13 when they murdered the schoolboy.
The BBC drama was made with the permission of Richard Taylor.
Damilola’s mum, Gloria, passed away in 2008.