Anthony Walker’s ‘inspirational’ mum forgave son’s racist killers

Anthony Walker's 'inspirational' mum forgave son's racist killers

Anthony Walker’s mum was praised as gracious and inspirational for forgiving her son’s racist killers.

Gee Walker’s life was changed forever when two men murdered her 18-year-old son in Huyton in 2005.

Paul Taylor and Michael Barton attacked the beloved young man with a pick axe and left him for dead before fleeing the country.

But following her son’s death, Gee was eventually able to forgive both men and dedicated her life to promoting racial harmony in Anthony’s name.

Thousands were left heartbroken as they watched a depiction of what Anthony’s life could have been like had he not been killed that night.

The BBC One drama showed Anthony getting married, having children and living a happy and successful life.

But viewers were brought to tears when they watched an reenactment of the moment he was killed and what came next.

Anthony’s mum prayed with the nurse who told her what had happened before breaking the news to her entire family.

The show of strength was applauded on social media at the end of the show on Monday night.

Viewers also said that Gee was an “amazing woman” for later forgiving Taylor and Barton for the their actions.

On Twitter, Philippa Hawley said: “So moving, an awful story, brilliantly handled – what an amazing woman Gee Walker must be.”

Sahar Beyad also said: “And then there’s Gee Walker!

“The powerhouse behind @awf_liverpool and a mother who has turned her unimaginable grief into something positive for the communities of Liverpool.

“Nothing short of inspirational.”

A number of viewers also quoted what Gee said in 2005 when she forgave Anthony’s killers.

Twitter user @wbaboy said: “Such a harrowing and moving programme.

“I forgive them. I don’t hate them. Hate is what killed my son” – Gee Walker 2005.”

Back in 2005, just months after Anthony was killed, Gee said she overcame the urge to hate Paul Taylor and Michael Barton.

At the time, she said: “I can’t hate. We’re a forgiving family and it extended to outside, so it wasn’t hard to forgive because we don’t just preach it, we practise it.

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“I brought up my children in this church to love. I teach them to love, to respect themselves, and respect others.

“What does bitterness do? It eats you up inside, it’s like a cancer. We don’t want to serve a life sentence with those people.”

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Anthony’s sister Dominique also chose to forgive her brother’s killers.

She said: “Seventy time seven we must forgive, that’s what we were taught, that’s what the Bible said, that’s what we have to do.

“It is hard, it is so hard, but you get through it.

“It eases the bitterness and the anger if you can wake up in the morning and think ‘forgive, forgive, forgive’.”

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