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Anthony Walker film leaves viewers in tears and ‘sick to their stomachs’ at moment teen is murdered in unprovoked attack

A HEART-WRENCHING film about murdered teenager Anthony Walker had viewers in tears tonight as they watched what his life could have been like if he hadn’t been killed in a racist attack.

The 18-year-old – who dreamed of being a lawyer – died in an unprovoked racist attack by killers Michael Barton – the brother of footballer Joey Barton, and cousin Paul Taylor.

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Anthony Walker was 18-years-old at the time of his murder[/caption]

The docu-drama, simply called Anthony, was written by celebrated screenwriter Jimmy McGovern (best known for Cracker, The Street, and Broken).

McGovern worked closely with Anthony’s mother Gee on the film, which plays out an imaginary future life for the teenager and works backwards to the moment he was killed by racist thugs.

Actor Toheeb Jimohe plays Anthony in the 90-minute drama, which stirred up emotions from viewers who broke down in tears and said they felt “sick to their stomachs”.

One said: “The #AnthonyWalker documentary has brought me to tears. So hard to process what happened to him.”

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Anthony was played by Toheeb Jimohn the BBC film[/caption]

Another added: “Sat watching the story of what could have been #AnthonyWalker, just watched the part of him being attacked I’m absolutely heartbroken, that poor lad and what his family must still be going through and when his mum got the phone call, I couldn’t imagine what they must be feeling.”

Someone said: “Sick to the stomach watching #AnthonyWalker.”

A viewer added: “Watching #AnthonyWalker I’m in tears already and it hasn’t even got to the bad bit yet…. such a wasted life, taken with no thought. So many left wondering what could have been. All because two white men believed they had the right to take a black mans life.”

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Anthony dreamed of becoming a lawyer[/caption]
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Gee Walker describes her son as ‘the epitome of goodness’[/caption]

On April 8, 2008, the Crown Prosecution Service created a legal scholarship in Walker’s memory.

The scheme offers one place in Merseyside to a BAME trainee solicitor who wants to become a fully-fledged solicitor or barrister.

Joey Barton's brother Michael was caged over the killing
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Joey Barton’s brother Michael was caged over the killing[/caption]

On July 29, 2005, Anthony and his cousin Marcus were walking Anthony’s girlfriend Louise to a bus stop around 11pm.

While walking past a pub, Michael Barton hurled racist abuse at the group, which they ignored.

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Paul Taylor drove an axe through his skull[/caption]

Michael Barton and Paul Taylor then decided to ambush the trio in McGoldrick Park.

Marcus and Louise managed to get away, but Anthony wasn’t so lucky. Taylor drove an ice pick into his head.

Anthony died from his wound in the early hours of July 30.

The trial took place between November and December 2005, and on December 1, 2005, the pair were convicted of the murder.

The pair were sentenced to minimum terms of 23 years and eight months for Taylor and 17 years and eight months for Barton



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