Moordenaar, 22, who stabbed brother of Grammy-winning rapper 21 Savage to death with a Rambo blade while the victim was shopping for his grandmother is jailed for 10 jare
A man who fatally stabbed the brother of rapper 21 Savage while out shopping for his grandmother has been jailed for 10 jare.
Tyrece Fuller knifed 27-year-old Terrell Davis-Emmons with a Rambo-style blade on a housing estate in Brixton, suid Londen, in November last year.
Mr Davis-Emmons, brother of Grammy award-winning rapper, was stabbed with a six inch blade just before 6pm on November 22.
A court heard that both men had been armed when the fight broke out, but Fuller lunged at his victim after he had put his machete back into its sheath.
One brave passer-by attempted to break up the fight and saw Fuller attack Mr Davis-Emmons after he had put his weapon away.
CCTV captured Mr Davis-Emmons lifting up his shirt to look at his chest wound before immediately losing consciousness and falling face first into a bush.
21 Savage shared a heart-breaking tribute to his ‘baby bro’ op Instagram, along with a picture of the brothers as children (op die foto)
Paramedics and an air ambulance crew attended but Mr Davis-Emmons, from Lambeth, is op die toneel dood.
Fuller has been jailed for 10 years after being found guilty of manslaughter during a trial in July, but was cleared of murder.
But the 22-year-old killer refused to leave prison and attend the sentencing hearing for his conviction for manslaughter, prompting the judge to remark on his ‘lack of courage’ om so te doen.
It was the second time the aspiring professional boxer had failed to face up to his fate in court, adding to his victim’s family’s distress.
His older sibling, who is said to be one of the most recognisable faces and highest earning musicians in rap, posted a tribute to his ‘baby bro’ at the time with a photo of them together as children on his Instagram account, which has almost 13 miljoen volgelinge.
London-born 21 Savage, real name Sheyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, geskryf het: ‘Can’t believe somebody took you baby bro I know I took my anger out on you I wish I could take that s**t back.’
Having moved to Atlanta, Georgië, with his mother when he was seven years old, the music artist has gone on to produce two studio albums, two collaborative albums and 27 singles, performed with the likes of Drake and Post Malone, and last year won a grammy for best rap song with ‘A Lot’.
The 29-year-old and Mr Davis-Emmons were half-brothers, sharing the same father, Kevin Emmons.
Mr Emmons, a senior services support officer, told the court of his own ‘massive battle just to function’ and how he had just ‘faded away’ with the death of his son.
‘I have struggled with an emotional and psychological war within myself, comparable to that of an elevator that only goes down,’ het hy aan die hof gesê.
‘His nan, my ma, still sits in her house waiting for Terrell to return with milk and juice.’
Drill rapper Terrell Davis, also known as TM1way, was stabbed to death on November 22 last year while taking some shopping to his grandmother
Mr Davis and 21 Savage (saam met sy ma op die foto, Heather) who was born in Plaistow, east London before emigrating to the US as a child, have the same father, Kevin Emmons
Fuller, of Tavy Close, Kennington, was found guilty of manslaughter following a trial at Inner London Crown Court in July but cleared of murder. He was also convicted of possessing a bladed article – the hunting knife he used to kill Mr Davis-Emmons.
Jurors heard Fuller, who has no previous convictions, stabbed the aspiring drill rapper known as TM1way with a single blow to the chest as he was walking along Ramilles Close with shopping for his grandmother.
Fuller told the court he owed his victim an £800 (POUNDS) gambling debt and claimed Mr Davis-Emmons had previously threatened him.
Having spotted him on the Blenheim Gardens Estate, he ran to a nearby house and grabbed the Rambo knife, before returning to Mr Davis-Emmons, putting him in a bear hug and punching him.
The court heard both men drew their knives and lunged at each other but neither made contact.
Mr Davis-Emmons then re-sheathed his machete but continued to threaten Fuller, at which point another man stepped in to try to calm then down.
Egter, Fuller then fatally stabbed him, plunging the blade four inches into his chest and penetrating his heart.
He fled the scene, disposing of the blade and his phone, neither of which was recovered.
The Grammy-award winning artist posted a series of more-recent images of Mr Davis (op die foto) after the stabbing
Passing sentence at Maidstone Crown Court, Kent, trial judge Mr Justice Cavanagh said although he accepted Fuller was being threatened by his victim, he was ‘not in imminent danger’ and acting in self-defence when he stabbed him.
‘This is yet another tragic example of the curse of knife crime in London. A young man’s life has needlessly been cut short by the willingness of young men to pick up a knife or blade and to use it when there are far easier and far safer and better ways of resolving the situation,’ het hy aan die hof gesê.
‘Mr Davis-Emmons was obviously a very well-loved son, grandson and brother, who cared for his disabled brother, and was a talented musician.
‘He looked after people in his community and had positive plans for the future. The victim personal statement graphically described how Terell Davis-Emmons’s death has devastated his family and those who knew and loved him.’