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Second man arrested in rapper Hypo murder investigation

Detectives investigating the murder of a rapper at a party have arrested a second person.

A 33-year-old man was taken into custody Wednesday morning (June 8) by officers investigating the death of Lamar Jackson.

Mr Jackson, 39, also known by his stage name Hypo, died after being stabbed at a party in Chigwell Road, Woodford Green in the early hours of Friday June 3.

The Hackney rapper was taken to the emergency services but died at the scene.

A post-mortem examination carried out on June 4 confirmed that the cause of death was “violent trauma to the chest”.

The Metropolitan Police said the man arrested on suspicion of murder on Wednesday had been released on bail until early July.

The Met confirmed on Monday June 6 that Laurie John-Phillip, 32, of Enfield, has been charged with the murder of Mr Jackson and possession of a bladed item.

He appeared at the Old Bailey on Wednesday where he was remanded to appear at the Old Bailey on August 24.

Met Crime Command detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances and would like to hear from any witnesses who have not yet spoken to police.

Hundreds of people were present at the event at the end and police say many would have seen what happened.

Detective Chief Inspector Laurence Smith said: “Lamar’s family is grieving and needs your help. If you saw anything or managed to record the incident, please give us a call. You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 and you don’t have to give your name and no one will ever know who you are.

“Lamar’s family are desperately trying to find out what happened and your phone call may help them understand why Lamar was taken from them – please call.”

Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD 66/03Jun. To remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.