Two men named in UK racist murder hunt

 

British police hunting the killers of a teenager murdered in a racist attack in Liverpool today named two men they want to trace over the killing.

Merseyside Police said Paul Taylor and Michael Barton, both 19, may have travelled abroad.

They are from Huyton, the Liverpool neighbourhood where 18-year-old Anthony Walker was killed with an axe last Friday.

Police arrested a second teenager today in connection with the killing. The 17-year old male was being held for questioning. An 18-year old man arrested yesterday had been freed on police bail.

Walker, a black student, was attacked by a gang of three or four men, just minutes after he had been taunted with racial abuse while waiting for a bus with his girlfriend and a male relative on Friday night.

Detectives said Walker had been abused by a man wearing a hooded top as he waited with his 17-year-old white girlfriend and his teenage cousin at a bus stop in Huyton. The trio did not respond and were moving away through a park when the gang attacked him.

The two youths arrested in connection with Walker's killing are both from the Huyton area of Merseyside.

Walker's girlfriend and cousin, also 17, ran to get help. When they returned they found the victim slumped on the ground with serious injuries to his head. He later died in hospital.

Police have called the murder a "despicable act" and vowed to catch the killers.

Local residents have been laying floral tributes to the dead teenager, who was a devout Christian and model student who wanted to become a lawyer, media reported.

In a plea for help from the public his sister on Sunday praised her dead brother. "He blessed so many lives in such a unique way. His life was stolen from him. His family, friends, all these people here are devastated," Dominique Walker told reporters.

Anthony's mother Gee Walker drew direct comparisons between her son's death and the 1993 murder of London teenager Stephen Lawrence, who was also targeted because he was black.