Police officers found Myron Yarde, who went by the stage name Mdot, dying from a stab wound in a back street in New Cross, Lewisham, south-east London, on Sunday night after responding to reports of a fight between a number of youths in the area.
Scotland Yard said officers were called to New Cross Road at 7.41pm and discovered the injured teenager in nearby Camplin Street. Paramedics took Myron to a nearby hospital but he died at 9.04pm, police said.
Two boys aged 15 and 16 were arrested near the scene in connection with the killing, police said. They were being questioned by detectives from the Metropolitan police’s homicide and major crime command.
Within hours of the first reports of Myron’s death, tributes began to appear on Twitter, many under the hashtags #Mdot, #Mdotsworld and #RIPmdot.
Tor Cesay, his tutor and a fellow rapper, posted a picture of Myron in class at college, with the message: “I’m devastated. An exceptional young man. Our classroom will never b the same without u! Rest in peace Myron.” A friend, using the Twitter handle @sandyyyyy, posted a picture of her with Myron in formal dress.