A man accused of allegedly murdering London rapper Hypo over the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend was a security guard, a court has heard. Lamar Jackson, known by his stage name Hypo, had attended a party in Woodford Green, east London, on June 3, where he was stabbed to death.
Paramedics rushed to the scene at Woodford Town FC but despite their best efforts, the 39-year-old was sadly pronounced dead at 12.10am. In Instagram stories posted online ahead of the tragic event, he can be seen arriving at the party and moving through the crowd.
Horrifying footage shared online shows paramedics battling to save his life at the Redbridge party, which was believed to be around 400 people in attendance. Speaking at a hearing today at the Old Bailey, prosecutor Serena Gates said: ‘The deceased received a single fatal chest injury which occurred at a party just after midnight on June 3 2022.
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“The deceased was a guest at the party and was a well-known person in the local music scene.” The rapper, whose hits include ‘Run These Streets’ and ‘Flex On My X’, previously dated singer Emeli Sande for a year before splitting in 2017.
Tributes poured in for the artist after his death, with actress Tanika Bailey writing on social media: “Hypo…big bro…we fight like cat and dog! , but I would never have you wished death… only Jah knows, I’m sorry that happened!”
Hundreds of friends and fans also shared videos of him performing and paying tribute on social media. One fan wrote: “Gone too soon. A true East London legend. RIP Hypo, you will be missed.”
Laurie John-Philip, 32, of Enfield, was arrested the following day and charged with murder and possession of a bladed item. Appearing via the CVP link from HMP Belmarsh today, he spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth and was taken into custody.
A plea hearing date has been set for August 24.
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