Dad’s tribute to son murdered in Harold Hill
THE birth of a child is normally a joyous time, but for one family the occasion is bittersweet.
Little Scarlett Taylor is three weeks old - but she will never meet her uncle Chris Taylor – the beloved brother of her dad Colin.
Chris was just 25-years-old when he was brutally knifed to death outside Electric Board and Social Club, in Brampton Road, Harold Hill, during a family fundraising event on New Year’s Eve seven years ago.
Today, dad Kevin paid tribute to his son, and described the gaping void left by the murder which tinges every happy family moment.
“It’s been seven years but it still feels very raw,” said Kevin, 54, “New Year’s Eve is never a celebration for us; it’s a time of deep thought and reflection.”
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This year like every other since the death Kevin, wife Sue, 54, brothers Ray, 35, Colin, 30, Paul, 25 and sister Shanna, 18, make a poignant pilgrimage to the spot where Chris was stabbed, to light candles and pray.
“Scarlett is the third child born to one of his brothers that Chris will never see,” Kevin told the Recorder. “It has been seven years, but it actually gets harder in that more and more things happen that Chris is not part of – births and weddings.
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“Photos of family events difficult – he is missing from them and they never feel complete.”
He added: “Chris was the life and soul of the party and we all miss him terribly but the family and his friends will always keep his memory alive.”
A man is due to stand trial for Chris’s murder later in the new year.
Anyone with any information should contact the police incident room at Hendon on: 020 8358 0100 or Crimestoppers anonymously on: 0800 555 111.