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Grisales ‘robbed’ of future, says Stephen Lawrence trust boss

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Stephen Lawrence Centre managing director Paul Anderson-Walsh has spoken of his sympathy for the family of murdered 21-year old aspiring architect Stephen Grisales

The Deptford-based charity has pledged to redouble its efforts in helping black and ethnic minority children become architects following the murder two weeks ago.

Grisales’ was stabbed to death in north London on 31 August after asking youths to stop throwing conkers at him. A 15-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with murder.

Anderson-Walsh said: ‘Our sympathies are very much with the family of Stephen Grisales in the wake of their tragic loss. Like Stephen Lawrence, Stephen Grisales was an aspiring architect who was robbed of his future.

‘News of this kind causes the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust to redouble our efforts not just to provide access and opportunities for those wishing to pursue a career in the built environment but also to ensure that the Stephen Lawrence Centre can become an environment where people are built-up, such that these types of incidents become a thing of the past.’

Grisales received a scholarship to study architecture in the United Kingdom and was due to commence his studies the day following his death. The Stephen Lawrence Centre was established to promote access to architecture in memory of teenager Stephen Lawrence who was murdered in a racially motivated attack in 1993.

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