The pregnant girlfriend of a rapper who was stabbed to death on Monday at the Notting Hill Carnival paid an emotional tribute to her “sweet handsome boy”.
Takayo Nembhard, also known as TkorStretch, was confirmed as a victim by his manager, Chris Patrick, on Tuesday morning.
The fatal attack was one of seven stabbings reported during the Monday night event.
The other six resulted in non-fatal injuries.
Mr. Nembhard, 21, was visiting the carnival with his sister and friends, Mr. Patrick said.
Oshian Edwards, who said she was her partner and expecting her baby, paid tribute on Instagram, writing, “Takayo my sweet and beautiful boy, all I can ask is why again and again. You were the kindest, most loving, fun and caring person.
“I am sitting here with sore eyes and a heavy heart because I have been crying constantly for the past 12 hours while carrying your unborn child.
“I will remind him every day how great you were as a son, brother, boyfriend and even friend!
“The love I have for you will never stop and I will honor your name every day.
“I will take care of your sisters to the best of my ability.
“They loved you so much. We all did it.
“I held your hand yesterday for the last time like you [lay] there lifeless and little T immediately kicked me and broke me.
“It’s not fair, we live in such a cruel world.
“I am so angry and yet I keep being told that I have to be strong for the baby.
“The support you had yesterday in the hospital from family and friends was so lovely.
“I just wish you knew how much you really were loved.
“I love you with all my heart and I am so happy to be able to share something so special with you and I know that I will see you in him every day.”
The rapper has over 300,000 plays on one of his songs on Spotify and nearly 11,000 monthly listeners.
His manager, Mr. Patrick, said on Instagram: “2 years ago a young 19 year old came from Bristol to meet me in my studio with his father, his name was Takayo Nembhard AKA TCorStretch.
“That meeting took us on a journey … we recorded some great music together. His talent was endless and I can tell you he was close to greatness!
“So it’s with a heavy heart that I bring the news that Takayo (TKorStretch) died last night.
“He came from Bristol simply to have fun at the London carnival and this is the end result!
“My deepest condolences to TK’s mother and father, his brother, 2 sisters, girlfriend and son who will never meet his father!
“TK was a good guy, a good guy and what happened breaks my heart …
“Rest in peace my friend.”
In a statement to the Palestinian Authority, Patrick added: “As you can imagine, we are all in shock.
“He went to the carnival with his younger sister and friends to have fun.
“This is the worst possible ending for a talented kid.”
A family member at Mr. Nembhard’s home in Bristol confirmed that he died at Carnival on Monday night and requested that he be given the privacy to mourn for him.
Mr. Nembhard had also been a talented schoolboy footballer, spending time as an academy player for the Bristol Rovers.
In a statement, the club said: “Bristol Rovers are deeply saddened to learn of the death of former academy player Takayo Nembhard.
“The club would like to express its condolences to Takayo’s family and friends at this difficult time.”
The Metropolitan Police have launched a murder investigation following the death of Mr. Nembhard.
The force said officers were called in to report a stabbing under the Westway overpass in Ladbroke Grove at around 8pm Monday.
Police and paramedics gave Mr. Nembhard first aid and he was taken to hospital, where he later died.
Detectives want to receive information from anyone with information, including anyone who was filming or photographing in the area at the time and who may have captured relevant footage or images.
Chief Investigative Inspector James Shirley of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command said, “I know there were several hundred people in the immediate vicinity of the murder and while the carnival environment made it difficult to manage and access the scene, it also meant that a number of witnesses were likely there.
“If you’ve seen anything, no matter how insignificant it may seem, please get in touch.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was “annoyed” by the stabbing.
“Violence has no place on our streets and we are doing everything possible to eradicate it,” he added.
Police said 209 arrests had been made at the carnival early Tuesday, including 46 for assault, 36 for drug possession, 33 for possession of an offensive weapon, 27 public order offenses and eight sexual assaults.
There were 35 arrests that the force called “other”, 10 for possession of psychoactive substances, seven for driving under the influence, five for criminal damages and one each for theft and robbery.
There were 74 officers injured in the two days.
Some of these injuries were the result of accidents involving assaults.
A total of 441 people were stopped and searched over the two days.