Boxing champion Dillian Whyte’s nephew - drill rap artist Perm - killed in Brixton shooting

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Boxer Dillian Whyte - who faced off against Tyson Fury at Wembley Stadium in April - posted a heart-breaking message remembering his nephew - the drill rapper Perm.

The nephew of heavyweight boxing champion Dillian Whyte was one of two people gunned to death in south London on Sunday night.

The boxer, who faced off against Tyson Fury at Wembley Stadium in April, posted a heart-breaking message remembering his newphew - the drill rapper Perm.

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The rap star was one of two people shot dead in Railton Road, Brixton, just before 8pm on Sunday night. It is thought the other victim was delivering a takeaway and got caught in the crossfire.

Police said two cars were involved in a chase when one hit a moped and a number of parked cars. A man then got out of the crashed car and was chased and shot dead by a gunman from the second car.

Armed police and ambulance crews discovered the two men injured and both were pronounced dead at the scene. Residents have claimed that 12 shots were fired between a car and moped, with roads in the residential area remaining closed and a crime scene cordon in place. So far, police have made no arrests.

Drill rapper Perm, left, who was shot dead in Brixton last night, and, right, boxing champion Dillian Whyte, who worked with his father. Credit: VE Media/GettyDrill rapper Perm, left, who was shot dead in Brixton last night, and, right, boxing champion Dillian Whyte, who worked with his father. Credit: VE Media/Getty
Drill rapper Perm, left, who was shot dead in Brixton last night, and, right, boxing champion Dillian Whyte, who worked with his father. Credit: VE Media/Getty | VE Media/Getty

Whyte’s brother Dean - who works as a boxing consultant - posted a photo of Perm on his Instagram, with the message: “RIP my boy, Daddy loves you. Life has changed forever.”

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Boxing champ Whyte - who grew up in Brixton after moving from Jamaica - also uploaded the photo, with three broken heart emojis.

Dillian Whyte’s message about the shooting of his newphew Perm. Credit: DillianWhyte/InstagramDillian Whyte’s message about the shooting of his newphew Perm. Credit: DillianWhyte/Instagram
Dillian Whyte’s message about the shooting of his newphew Perm. Credit: DillianWhyte/Instagram | DillianWhyte/Instagram

VE Media said that Perm was “a pioneer in UK drill” rap. He’s released 12 singles and EPs on Spotify, and is a verified artist on the streaming platform. His most popular song “Whats All The Talk About?” has 57,049 listens.

In a statement last night, Scotland Yard said: “Police were called at about 7.50pm on Sunday, 30 October, to reports of gunshots heard on Railton Road, Brixton. Officers, including firearms officers, are in attendance along with the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance.

“Two men were found injured at the location. Despite the efforts of emergency services, they were both pronounced dead at the scene. The nature of their injuries has not been confirmed at this time. Their next of kin are yet to be informed and we await formal identification. Post-mortem examinations will be held in due course.”

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Police at the scene on Railton Road in Lambeth, south London, where two men have died after gunshots were heard on Sunday evening. Credit: PAPolice at the scene on Railton Road in Lambeth, south London, where two men have died after gunshots were heard on Sunday evening. Credit: PA
Police at the scene on Railton Road in Lambeth, south London, where two men have died after gunshots were heard on Sunday evening. Credit: PA | PA

Chief Superintendent Colin Wingrove said: “I am shocked and saddened by this incident. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the two young men who have tragically lost their lives. This incident will cause a great deal of concern throughout the local community and across London.

“We are supporting Specialist Crime detectives, who are working at pace to confirm the specific sequence of events and identify and arrest those responsible. Local officers are on the scene and patrolling the local area to speak to local residents, seek witnesses and provide visible reassurance. I would urge anyone with any information, however small, to come forward to help bring whoever is responsible to justice.”

Two men have died after a shooting on Railton Road, in Brixton. Photo: Sebastian MorrisonTwo men have died after a shooting on Railton Road, in Brixton. Photo: Sebastian Morrison
Two men have died after a shooting on Railton Road, in Brixton. Photo: Sebastian Morrison | Photo: Sebastian Morrison

Whyte, 34, had a famously tough life before making it as a boxer. He was born in Jamaica - saying he grew up “dodging bullets” - before moving to the UK at the age of 12. He had his first child at the age of 13, making him one of the youngest fathers on record.

After moving to London, he grew up in Brixton, and went to Miguel’s Boxing Gym. He explained: “I didn’t do too well at school, to be honest, but boxing saved me and changed my life. And it was going well, because I knew it was my best chance in life.”

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From 2011 until now, Whyte has fought in 31 professional bouts, winning 28 and only losing three times. One of those was to Fury in April, where he lost by technical knockout. He’s beaten Alexander Povetkin, Derek Chisora and Joseph Parker.