Police release CCTV of man in connection with stabbing of drill rapper, 21, at Notting Hill carnival

Met Police release CCTV of man they want to trace in connection with murder of drill rapper, 21, stabbed to death at Notting Hill carnival

  • Takayo Nembhard was stabbed in Ladbroke Grove during carnival on August 29
  • He died in hospital after being rushed to hospital in ‘challenging circumstances’
  • A post-mortem revealed he died from stab wound to right groin femoral artery
  • He had travelled from Bristol to attend the carnival with his sister and friends
  • Police have released CCTV of man they wish to speak to as part of murder probe 

Police have issued CCTV of a man they wish to speak to as part of the murder probe into the death of a father-to-be drill rapper at Notting Hill Carnival.

Takayo Nembhard, 21, was fatally stabbed on Ladbroke Grove under the Westway flyover at 8pm on Monday as thousands lined the streets for the west London carnival on August 29.

He was given first aid by officers at the scene, before being rushed into an ambulance ‘through significant crowds in challenging circumstances’.

But the former Bristol Rover academy footballer died in hospital a short time later.

A subsequent post-mortem revealed that he died from a stab wound to the right groin femoral artery, police say.

Mr Nembhard, who rapped under the name TKor Stretch, had travelled from Bristol to attend the carnival with his sister and friends, 

In a heartbreaking statement released today, Mr Nembhard’s family said: ‘Takayo’s death has left a painful ache for all who loved him and still love him.

Police have made four arrests in connection with his death, but are now appealing to the public for help tracing a person they 'urgently need to speak to'

Police have made four arrests in connection with his death, but are now appealing to the public for help tracing a person they ‘urgently need to speak to’

Mr Nembhard (pictured with his girlfriend) was a former youth team player at Bristol Rovers, before turning to drill rapping when he had to retire from football due to an injury

 Mr Nembhard (pictured with his girlfriend) was a former youth team player at Bristol Rovers, before turning to drill rapping when he had to retire from football due to an injury

Mr Nembhard went by the stage name TKorStretch and had just under one million views across his music videos on YouTube and other platforms

Mr Nembhard went by the stage name TKorStretch and had just under one million views across his music videos on YouTube and other platforms

Forensics officers comb the scene in Ladbroke Grove, west London, on Tuesday following the stabbing of the Bristol-based rapper at the carnival

Forensics officers comb the scene in Ladbroke Grove, west London, on Tuesday following the stabbing of the Bristol-based rapper at the carnival

‘He was so looking forward to being a dad and would have made a fabulous one as he came from a strong family unit. 

‘His son was born on November 9 and although this should have been a happy occasion, it was bittersweet. 

‘Our family, which includes his girlfriend, continue to struggle with coping without him on a daily basis.

‘Our family beg the public to provide any info they may have, be that videos or photos that were taken on August 29 in the Ladbroke Grove area.

‘Please help us to bring Takayo’s killers to justice and therefore some comfort to us knowing he didn’t die in vain.’

Police have made four arrests in connection with his death, but are now appealing to the public for help tracing a person they ‘urgently need to speak to’ in connection with the investigation.

Metropolitan Police Detective Inspector Laura Semple, of the Specialist Crime unit, said: ‘We are making good progress with our investigation into Takayo’s tragic death which has naturally left his family devastated.

‘However, we really need the public’s help to tell us who this person is in the CCTV image we have issued today and anyone with information – no matter how small – about the murder to come forward.

‘If you can help please get in touch immediately.’

Police have also said ‘several hundred people’ were in the immediate area surrounding the murder, adding that there are ‘probably many witnesses’.

A statement added: ‘Detectives are still keen to hear from anyone with information, including anyone who was filming or photographing in the area at the time and may have captured relevant footage or images.’

Mr Nembhard's girlfriend shared a picture of him hugging her baby bump with the message: 'So grateful to be carrying a part of you. Love you in this life and the next'

Mr Nembhard’s girlfriend shared a picture of him hugging her baby bump with the message: ‘So grateful to be carrying a part of you. Love you in this life and the next’

Forensics officers comb through bin bags at the scene of the fatal stabbing in Ladbroke Grove, west London, on August 30

Forensics officers comb through bin bags at the scene of the fatal stabbing in Ladbroke Grove, west London, on August 30

Takayo Nembhard (pictured with his girlfriend), 21, was the victim of a fatal stabbing on the final day of Notting Hill Carnival

Takayo Nembhard (pictured with his girlfriend), 21, was the victim of a fatal stabbing on the final day of Notting Hill Carnival

Three males and a female, including a teenage boy, have been arrested as part of the murder probe.

Two men, 18 and 23, were arrested on suspicion of murder in Bristol on October 23. 

The 18-year-old has been bailed pending further enquiries and the 23-year-old released under investigation.

A 17-year-old boy was also arrested on suspicion of murder in Bristol on October 22. He has been bailed pending further enquiries. 

A 20-year-old woman arrested on on suspicion of assisting an offender in Islington has also been bailed.

Friends laid flowers at the scene of the stabbing with written messages paying tribute to the rapper following the incident.

It came after Mr Nembhard’s pregnant girlfriend said she ‘felt their unborn baby kick’ as she held his hand while he lay dying.

Sharing a photo of her bump, she said: ‘Takayo my sweet beautiful boy, all I can ask is why over and over again. You was the most kind hearted, loving ,funny and caring person.

‘I’m sat here with sore eyes and a heavy heart as I’ve cried consistently for the last 12 hours while carrying your unborn son. I will remind him daily about how great you were as a son, brother, boyfriend and friend too!

‘The love I have for you will never stop and I will honour your name everyday. I will look after your sisters to the best of my ability. They loved you soo much. We all did.

‘I held your hand yesterday for the last time as you led there lifeless and baby T kicked me straight away and it broke me. It’s just not fair ,we live in such a cruel world. I’m so angry yet keep being told I have to stay strong for the baby.

A spokesman for his former football club also said at the time: ‘Bristol Rovers are deeply saddened to learn of the death of former academy player Takayo Nembhard. 

‘The club would like to pass on its condolences to Takayo’s family and friends at this difficult time.’ 

He told of how he began making music as a teenager after suffering a leg injury while playing for the club’s under-17 team. 

The stabbing is thought to have been the first murder at the Notting Hill Carnival since 2004, when Lee Christopher Subaran, 27, of Mill Hill, was shot dead at point-blank range near Kensal Green Underground station. 

A Met spokesperson said: ‘A dedicated page has been set up where witnesses can upload photos and videos of the incident.

‘Information can also be provided by calling the incident room directly on 020 7175 2206 to speak to an officer, by calling 101 or by tweeting @MetCC quoting 7478/29AUG. 

‘Anyone wishing to remain 100 per cent anonymous can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org. They never ask for your personal information and they do not track your device.’

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