Notting Hill Carnival 2022: Rapper Takayo Nembhard named as stabbing victim

The drill rapper and expectant father had travelled from Bristol to enjoy the annual event that saw millions attend over the Bank Holiday.
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Mr Nembhard, also known as TKorStretch, was found underneath the Westway in Ladbroke Grove at 8pm on Mond

Rapper Takayo Nembhard has been named as the Notting Hill Carnival stabbing victim. Credit: Chris PatrickRapper Takayo Nembhard has been named as the Notting Hill Carnival stabbing victim. Credit: Chris Patrick
Rapper Takayo Nembhard has been named as the Notting Hill Carnival stabbing victim. Credit: Chris Patrick

He was taken to a west London hospital where, despite the best efforts of medical staff, he was pronounced dead.

The drill rapper and expectant father had travelled from Bristol to enjoy the annual event that saw millions attend over the Bank Holiday.

His manager Chris Patrick, based in south London, paid tribute to him on social media.

On Instagram he wrote: "2 years ago a young 19 Year old man came from Bristol to meet me at my Studio with his dad, his name was Takayo Nembhard AKA TKorStretch.

"That meeting took us on a journey... we recorded some great music together. 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 the 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 & 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."

The Metropolitan Police has begun a murder investigation and said hundreds of people were in the immediate vicinity under the Westway flyover at the time.

The force said that six other people were stabbed on Monday evening, which resulted in non-fatal injuries.

A total of 441 people were also stopped and searched across the two days.

Cdr Alison Heydari said: "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."

She said homicide detectives would pursue every possible line of inquiry to identify those responsible and bring them to justice.

"There were hundreds of people in the immediate vicinity when this incident took place," she added.

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

Mr Nembhard’s next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

A Section 60 order is in place within the Notting Hill Carnival footprint & borders. A Section 60 order is in place within the Notting Hill Carnival footprint & borders.
A Section 60 order is in place within the Notting Hill Carnival footprint & borders.

The force 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.

This allows officers to stop and search anyone in a specific area, without needing reasonable grounds.