Mother of Stephen Lawrence and family of Trayvon Martin meet in London | News

The family of slain American teen Travyon Martin has come to the UK to thank the British public for their support and to meet with Doreen Lawrence, the mother of Stephen Lawrence, the British teen killed nearly two decades ago.

ITV News reports that Doreen wrote to Trayvon’s parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin expressing her support. During their meeting in London, the trio visited the site where Stephen was murdered and the Stephen Lawrence Centre in Deptford, south east London, which provides training and education to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Today, Doreen told Trayvon’s parents and brother Jahvaris: “It’s 19 years since Stephen was killed and it was only this January that two were sentenced for his murder so it’s been a long struggle. I sort of know where you’re coming from.”

An 18-year-old Stephen Lawrence was stabbed to death in 1993 by a racist gang of youths in Eltham, south London, and just this past January, almost two decades later, Gary Dobson and David Norris were sentenced and jailed for the crime. Following his death, The Macpherson Report found the Met Police “institutionally racist” after failing to investigate his death properly.

In February of this year, unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who, six weeks after the shooting, was arrested and charged with second degree murder. He is pleading not guilty and claims to have acted in self defence.