Mum of murdered Leeds teenager Tyrone Clarke makes heartbreaking appeal for justice

Lorraine Fraser with a photo of her son Tyrone Clarke. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

Lorraine Fraser with a photo of her son Tyrone Clarke. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

The mother of murdered Leeds teenager Tyrone Clarke has marked the 12th anniversary of his death with an emotional plea that she hopes will get justice for her son.

Four people were jailed over the fatal stabbing of the 16-year-old but other members of the mob that savagely attacked him in Brett Gardens, Beeston, on April 22, 2004, remain at large.

Appealing for anyone with information about those involved to contact the police, Tyrone’s mother, Lorraine Fraser, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “It’s so hard, knowing that there are people out there who played a part in his death but have never been brought to justice.

“Me and my family live with losing him every day but the anniversary is always particularly difficult.

“Tyrone was a boy, he was not a man, and he did not deserve to die. Hopefully someone will read this and decide to do the right thing.

“They may have children of their own now. They need to think how they would feel if they lost a son or a daughter.”

Three men and a youth were convicted of Tyrone’s murder in 2005 and received life sentences with minimum terms ranging from nine to 12 years. But a fifth suspect, Qasim Majid, fled the UK for Pakistan within days of the killing and has never been found.

More than 20 youths set upon “gentle giant” Tyrone with weapons including metal poles, planks of wood and CS spray.

Det Supt Nick Wallen, of West Yorkshire Police’s homicide and major enquiry team, said: “Although it is now 12 years since Tyrone was brutally attacked and murdered, the pain his mother Lorraine continues to feel remains as raw as it did on the day she saw him lying fatally wounded in the street.

“Tyrone would be 28 years old now and Lorraine and her daughter have had to go through the last 12 years without their son and brother, only able to imagine how their lives together would have been if he were still here.

“Although four people were brought to justice for killing Tyrone and another man remains a wanted suspect, we know there was a large group of people involved in the attack.

“This remains very much an active investigation and, despite the passage of time, we are still keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the events of Tyrone’s murder or who has any information that could assist us.

“The people involved were young men in their teens and early 20s at the time and it may be that loyalties have changed over the years and people may now feel freer to come forward with information.

“Tyrone’s family understandably feel that they have been given a life sentence from which there is no release.

“Clearly they are entitled to as full a sense of justice as is possible and we remain determined to do all we can to give them that.

“I would like to take the opportunity of this anniversary of Tyrone’s murder to ask anyone who witnessed the events of that day to search their conscience and tell us what they know.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the homicide and major enquiry team via the police’s 101 number or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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