Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

TEENAGE RAPPER KNIFED TO DEATH IN STREET; Talented Musician, 17, Dies after Fight outside house'Little M Was Innocent Victim of stabbing'Two Youths Held as Friends Pay Tribute to Rapper with 'Happy Face'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

TEENAGE RAPPER KNIFED TO DEATH IN STREET; Talented Musician, 17, Dies after Fight outside house'Little M Was Innocent Victim of stabbing'Two Youths Held as Friends Pay Tribute to Rapper with 'Happy Face'

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Byline: Sophia Sleigh, Barney Davis, John Dunne and Justin Davenport

A MURDER inquiry was launched today after an up-and-coming teenage musician was stabbed to death in a quiet residential street.

Student Myron Isaac Yarde, 17, was knifed after a fight broke out among a group of young people in New Cross. He was found in a pool of blood on the steps of a house.

The clash erupted in New Cross Road at 7.41pm yesterday then spilled over into Casella Road and Camplin Street, where the teenager collapsed. London Air Ambulance doctors carried out emergency treatment at the scene and he was taken to hospital but died at 9pm. Two youths, aged 15 and 16, were arrested nearby and were being questioned today by detectives from Scotland Yard's murder squad.

Police said the incident started when it was still daylight and appealed for witnesses. There were no signs the victim was involved in gangs and detectives said they were keeping an open mind about the motive.

The street where Myron collapsed was cordoned off last night as teams of forensic officers began their investigation. Bloodstained clothes and discarded medical bags were scattered along the pavement. Myron, a former pupil of Deptford Green School, is the second teenager to be murdered in London this year. Last year 19 teenagers were victims of homicide in the capital, and 15 of them were stabbed.

Friends described him as a talented rapper who made dozens of music videos that were watched hundreds of thousands of times online. Many took to social media to express their grief and pay tribute to a "kind, happy guy with an unforgettable smile".

A cousin who grew up in the same house as Myron and now works as a DJ told the Standard: "I saw something had happened on Twitter but I didn't know what so rang my brother. I'd been DJing and they didn't want to message me. When I found out, I just couldn't understand. We grew up together and he was known as Little M. …

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