The case was one of the most famous unsolved murders in Britain. An 18-year fight for justice by Lawrence's parents led to a public inquiry which uncovered blunders by the Metropolitan police, blamed on institutional racism, which allowed his killers to escape justice. Lawrence, 18, was murdered on 22 April 1993, as he and a friend waited for a bus in Eltham, south-east London. They were attacked by a group of five to six white youths who shouted: "What, what, nigger?" and then rushed towards them.
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