Drill rapper shot eight times in suspected gang hit which left innocent delivery rider dead, inquest told

Guilherme Messias da Silva, 23, who grew up in Brazil, had nothing to do with the suspected gang feud.
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A drill rapper was shot eight times in a suspected gang hit which also left an innocent delivery rider dead, an inquest heard.

Lemar Rashawan Urquhart, 27, who performed as Perm, was driving a white MG which was being chased by a grey Alfa Romeo through Brixton, in Lambeth, south London, on Sunday, October 30, this year.

He got out and was then shot eight times by a passenger who got out of the Alfa Romeo before getting back in and being driven away, the hearing was told.

Mr Urquhart’s father is boxing promoter Dean Whyte, who represents heavyweight boxer Dillan Whyte (no relation).

Shortly before the shootout, innocent Deliveroo rider Guilherme Messias da Silva, 23, was making his last delivery of the day when his moped was struck by the MG which was being driven by Mr Urquhart.

(L-R) Guilherme Messias Da Silva & Lemar Rashawan Urqhart. Photo: Metropolitan Police / SWNS(L-R) Guilherme Messias Da Silva & Lemar Rashawan Urqhart. Photo: Metropolitan Police / SWNS
(L-R) Guilherme Messias Da Silva & Lemar Rashawan Urqhart. Photo: Metropolitan Police / SWNS

Guilherme, who grew up in Brazil, had nothing to do with the suspected gang feud.

A passenger in the MG fled the scene after Mr da Silva was hit, police told the inquest.

Emergency services on Railton Road, Brixton. Photo: SWNSEmergency services on Railton Road, Brixton. Photo: SWNS
Emergency services on Railton Road, Brixton. Photo: SWNS

They have been arrested on suspicion of the manslaughter of Guilherme before being released on bail.

The suspect who shot Mr Urquhart has not yet been identified by police.

Guilherme Messias Da Silva. Photo: Metropolitan Police / SWNSGuilherme Messias Da Silva. Photo: Metropolitan Police / SWNS
Guilherme Messias Da Silva. Photo: Metropolitan Police / SWNS

Post-mortems found Mr Urquhart died from gunshot wounds while Mr Da Silva died as a result of multiple injuries.

An inquest into the deaths of both men was briefly opened and adjourned today during a 10-minute hearing at Inner South London Coroner’s Court.

Emergency services on Railton Road, Brixton. Photo: SWNSEmergency services on Railton Road, Brixton. Photo: SWNS
Emergency services on Railton Road, Brixton. Photo: SWNS

DI Fitzpatrick Johnson told the hearing: “Mr Urquhart was driving a white MG which was being chased at speed by a grey Alfa Romeo.

“We believe the chase involved rival gang members.

Lemar Rashawan Urqhart. Photo: Metropolitan Police / SWNSLemar Rashawan Urqhart. Photo: Metropolitan Police / SWNS
Lemar Rashawan Urqhart. Photo: Metropolitan Police / SWNS

“Mr da Silva was riding from Effra Parade to Railton Road when the car pursuit entered the road.

“The MG hit the moped head-on which caused the injuries which led to Mr da Silva’s death.

Emergency services on Railton Road, Brixton. Photo: SWNSEmergency services on Railton Road, Brixton. Photo: SWNS
Emergency services on Railton Road, Brixton. Photo: SWNS

“Mr Urquhart and the passenger of that vehicle left that vehicle, at which time a passenger of the Alfa Romeo left that vehicle and began to discharge a firearm towards Mr Urquhart [who] is believed to have been shot eight times.

“The passenger suspected of shooting him got back into the rear of the Alfa Romeo.

“The passenger of the MG has been arrested and interviewed in relation to the manslaughter of Mr da Silva.

“Investigations are ongoing to identify the suspects who shot Mr Urquhart and we are working to identify those responsible.”

Emergency services on Railton Road, Brixton. Photo: SWNSEmergency services on Railton Road, Brixton. Photo: SWNS
Emergency services on Railton Road, Brixton. Photo: SWNS

Coroner Julian Morris adjourned the inquest until the police investigation has concluded.

Both bodies are due to be released on November 28, and that of Mr da Silva is expected to be flown back to Brazil.