BY JAMES TWOMEY
A man who was stabbed to death in the early hours of Friday morning is believed to be a rapper from a group that creates ‘drill’ music.
Crosslom Davis, 20, from Kennington, also known as Bis from the group Harlem Spartans, was allegedly chased by a gang at 3.30am before being beaten and stabbed to death on the corner of Creekside and Creative Road in Deptford.
Among those paying tribute was Kennington-raised England football star Jadon Sancho.
A neighbour who witnessed the attack but did not want to be identified, said it began at the north end of Creekside and Mr Davis was chased by “five or six guys with knives and a baseball bat”.
“I heard shouting and saw them fighting,” the neighbour said. “It was a guy on his own. He ran from under the bridge to the alleyway and came to a stop.
“One of them had a bat and I shouted at them ‘leave him alone, I’m going to call the old bill’ and one of them looked up at me and said ‘watch I don’t burn your house down’.
“The man fell, lying against the wall. Three of them were laying into him. Someone walked past and stopped to help and the kid lay on the floor on his back and that’s where he died.
“The police came and gave him CPR.
“He seemed to be on his own. Arguing came from up the road. It was so dark I couldn’t ID them.
“I didn’t realise he’d been stabbed – I thought they were just laying into him.
Tom Kent, who lives in Biggin Hill, was visiting a friend who lives on the Crossfields Estate, next to where the attack took place, and was woken by the arrival of the police.
“I fell asleep and at about 4am I woke up to the blue flashing lights, said Mr Kent.
“There was a Mercedes blocking the road where the incident took place. I saw people in forensic suits and a transparent blanket over the body.
“It’s terrible but when (ex Prime Minister) Theresa May cut police numbers they knew crime would go up.”
Tributes from fans and friends have been made on social media.
Mr Sancho, who now plays in the German Bundesliga at Borussia Dortmund, posted on Twitter: “Rest up Bis” with a picture of the rapper.
So far there have been no arrests made.
A Met statement said: “Police were called to Bronze Street, SE8, at 3am on Friday, December 6 following reports of a stabbing.
“Formal identification has not yet taken place, officers are confident that the deceased is Crosslom Davis, 20.”
Detective chief inspector John Massey said: “While we tirelessly work to piece together the events that sadly led to a young man losing his life, I would appeal to those who have information to do the right thing and speak to us.
“If you saw anything out of the ordinary, no matter how insignificant you think it is, then please contact my team as a matter of urgency as your information could prove vital to our enquiries and could help bring those responsible for this heinous violent act to justice.”
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call incident room on 020 8721 4868 or police on 101 quoting CAD 836/06Dec.
Alternatively Tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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