The Met Police has issued images of two men officers ‘urgently’ wish to speak to in connection with the death of a Bristol rapper. Takayo Nembherd died on August 29 after he was stabbed at Notting Hill Carnival, and police launched a murder investigation.
Back in November, the force issued an image on one man they were attempting to locate, and have since released an image of a second man. Takayo, 21, was a rapper based in Bristol who visited the carnival with his sister and friends.
He died after receiving a stab wound to the right groin femoral artery at around 8pm in Ladbroke Grove under the Westway flyover. Four people have already been arrested in connection with the incident, but The Met are attempting to locate two other men.
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Detective Inspector Laura Semple, Specialist Crime, said: “We are making good progress with our investigation into Takayo’s tragic death which has naturally left his family devastated.
“However, we still really need the public’s help to identify the men in these images. If can you help or have any information – no matter how small – about Takayo’s murder please come forward.”
On Wednesday, 19 October a 23-year-old man and an 18-year-old man were arrested in Bristol on suspicion of murder. A 20-year-old woman was also arrested in Islington on suspicion of assisting an offender.
The 18-year-old man and 20-year-old woman were subsequently bailed pending further enquiries. The 23-year-old man was released under investigation. A 17-year-old male was arrested in Bristol on Saturday, October 22, on suspicion of murder and subsequently bailed pending further enquiries.
Takayo’s family said his death left a “painful ache for all who loved him”. They said: “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 9 November 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 29 August 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.”
A dedicated page has been set up where witnesses can upload photos and videos of the incident. It is simple to use and can be accessed here – Public Portal (mipp.police.uk)
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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