Notting Hill Carnival: Stabbing victim, 21, named as father-to-be drill rapper

Rapper Takayo Nembhard has been named as the 21-year-old who was fatally stabbed in Notting Hill carnival. (PA/TKorStretch)

A 21-year-old who died after being stabbed at Notting Hill Carnival has been named as rapper Takayo Nembhard.

The drill artist, known as TKorStretch was fatally knifed at around 8pm on Monday in Ladbroke Grove, under the Westway flyover in west London.

Emergency services rushed him through the crowds into a waiting ambulance, but sadly he was pronounced dead at hospital.

In a tribute posted on social media, his management said he was awaiting the birth of his child, and had travelled from Bristol to London to enjoy the carnival.

His manager Chris Patrick said: "His talent was endless and I can tell you guys he was close to greatness! So it's with a heavy heart that I bring news that Takayo (TKorStretch) passed away last night.

"He came from Bristol to simply have a good time 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 child that will never meet his father!

"TK was a good kid, a good guy and what has happened breaks my heart.

"Rest in Peace my friend."

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TkorStretch's manager Chris Patrick paid tribute to the musician on social media. (ChrisPatrick1)
TkorStretch's manager Chris Patrick paid tribute to the musician on social media. (ChrisPatrick1)

The Metropolitan Police said “a number of violent incidents and serious stabbings” prompted a section 60 order to be put in place until 1am on Tuesday within the event’s borders.

Police said 209 arrests had been made by early Tuesday, including 46 for assault, 36 for possession of drugs, 33 for possession of an offensive weapon, 27 public order offences and eight sexual assaults.

There were 35 arrests the force labelled “other”, 10 for possession of psychoactive substances, seven for drink/drug driving, five for criminal damage and one each for theft and robbery.

Dr Alison Heydari, Commander of Local Policing, said early on Tuesday: “Officers from across the Met have been working tirelessly over the past two days to ensure that all those who came to Notting Hill Carnival could enjoy the experience safely.

“It was the culmination of months of close coordination with the organisers, our local authority and emergency service partners and the community.

The scene in Ladbroke Grove, west London, where a 21-year-old man has died after being stabbed on the final day of the Notting Hill Carnival. Picture date: Tuesday August 30, 2022.
Police have asked for witnesses to come forward. (PA)
Police at the scene in Ladbroke Grove. (PA)
Police at the scene in Ladbroke Grove. (PA)

“The atmosphere over the past two days has been largely positive and good-natured as carnival should be.

“Regrettably, on Monday evening we saw a number of violent incidents and a 21-year-old man has lost his life.

“Our thoughts are with his family as they come to terms with their terrible loss.

“A murder investigation is under way, led by homicide detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command.

“They will pursue every possible line of inquiry to identify those responsible and bring them to justice.”

Dr Heydari added: “There were hundreds of people in the immediate vicinity when this incident took place.

“I would urge anyone who saw anything, who has video footage or who has any other information that could assist officers, to come forward.

Anyone with information can contact the police directly on 101 providing the reference 7478/29AUG. Information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.