CHILDHOOD FRIENDS: Damilola Taylor and John Boyega
STAR WARS ACTOR John Boyega was the last person to see Damilola Taylor alive, the murdered schoolboy’s father has revealed.
Richard Taylor, 60, said the boys had grown ‘so close’ after 10-year-old Damilola arrived in the UK from Nigeria four months prior.
He said that Boyega, now aged 23, and his sister Grace had taken the schoolboy under their wing and were the two children captured on CCTV with Damilola moments before his death in November 2000.
'The three of them were captured in the CCTV recording that the police used when they asked people to come forward to assist with the investigation,” Mr Taylor told The Mirror.
The youngsters both lived on the North Peckham estate in southeast Londn.
The Boyega family were close to Damilola and his parents, and Grace had looked out for him after he arrived in Britain in 1999.
“Mr Taylor said: 'Damilola and John and Grace were so close. They were looking after him when he arrived in the UK, because they went to school together,” Mr Taylor said.
“They were the last to see him,” he added. “They wanted to escort him home, but he said he was going to be OK. They left him by the junction then he went around the corner and the gang were waiting for him.”
LAST MOMENTS: Damilola Taylor, in the silver jacket, is captured on CCTV with John Boyega and his sister Gracie moments before he was fatally stabbed
On November 27, just 10 days before his 11th birthday, Damilola left a computer class at Peckham Library and was walking home to his flat on the North Peckham estate when brothers Danny and Ricky Preddie, fatally stabbed him.
The schoolboy was found bleeding to death in a stairwell.
Danny and Ricky, aged 12 and 13 at the time, were convicted of his manslaughter six years later.
“There's good coming out of the place," he said. "John's promoting Peckham, not denying his roots. Damilola would have been doing the same thing.”