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Croydon scaffolder killed in Brixton fight

The victim of a fatal stabbing in Brixton has been named as Shane Jerome, who was aged 23 and lived in Thornton Heath.

Shane was a scaffolder by trade and a stunt bike ride in his spare time.

Tributes have since flooded in on social media for Mr Jerome who a friend described as ‘one of the best guys’.

“Rest in perfect peace to one of the best guys I knew,” one friend said. “Was always there just a phone call away, forever and always in my heart.”

Aftermath

Shane’s family are being supported by specialist officers as the investigation into the circumstances continue, led by officers in the Met’s Specialist Crime Command.

Shane had a girlfriend and they were very much in love, sharing trips away on their social media.

Brixton Underground

Police were called at 20:18hrs on Wednesday, 21 July to reports of an assault close to Brixton Underground Station.

Officers attended and found Shane suffering from a stab injury. They immediately provided first aid.

The London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance also attended but despite their efforts he was pronounced dead at the scene at the 20:45hrs.

A post-mortem examination will be held in due course.

A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm. He has since been released with no further action.

A crime scene remains in place and enquiries continue.

Detective Chief Inspector Kate Blackburn is leading the investigation. She said: “Brixton Road near to the tube station is a busy area of London and there were many people in the street, on buses and in cars yesterday evening.

The local community has been left reeling from Wednesday night’s violence, with one woman posting an emotional plea online.

In the short clip the woman, Lorraine Jones, described the harrowing reality of the situation that had left ‘someone’s son is dead.’

The murder

Shane died after being stabbed in south London in a scene involving high-end sports cars, people in balaclavas and a quad bike. 

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A music video was being filmed near the attack close to Brixton Tube station but it is unclear whether it – or two Lamborghinis at the scene – were linked to the incident on Wednesday night.

Witnesses have said there was a confrontation between two groups.

One member of the public told the BBC he saw the whole incident unfold.

He said: “A convoy of cars and quad bikes suddenly turned on one another, leading to one man being stabbed and others involved in a fist fight before running off on foot and by vehicle. 

“The front of the convoy was a black Range Rover, which had a driver that wore a balaclava, and men sitting in the boot of the car, with the boot door open.

There was also a red Ferrari and lime green Lamborghini, as well as two quad bikes. One of the quads ended up beached on the pavement.

“The man who was stabbed was lying in the middle of the road, with an ambulance on scene instantly, where the man was receiving CPR right away but looked lifeless.

Another man who was wearing a balaclava and ski goggles, accompanied by a woman, ran to the victim screaming.”

Another eyewitness said: “When I came out of the Tube, guys were chasing each other, a motorbike in the middle of the street in front of the red Lamborghini, others throwing stuff at a white girl and a black boy on a quad bike that ended up in traffic lights.”

A 19-year-old man arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm has been released with no further action.

A post-mortem will be held in due course, police said.

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