Chris Kaba, a 23-year-old rapper who was a member of the drill group 67, has been named as the man who was shot dead by officers from the Metropolitan Police following a police pursuit in London on the evening of Monday, 5th September.
The shooting in Streatham Hill happened at around 10pm, with Kaba being pronounced dead in the early hours of Tuesday, 6th September, a few hours after sustaining his injuries.
The independent police watchdog, which is investigating the incident, said a single round had been fired by armed officers. Officers used the tactic of deliberately crashing the car that Kaba, who was known as Madix or Mad Itch 67, was riding in in order to bring an end to the pursuit, but ultimately shot the man shortly after.
67 have previously been nominated for a MOBO award, and Kim Alleyne, 49, whose daughter Karima Waite was engaged to Mr. Kaba, said he had been due to become a father.
Speaking to press after his death, Alleyne said: “He was so loved. He was so funny. He was super-kind. Crazy. He was always happy. He’d do anything for you.
“He was a fiancé, he was due to get married in five months’ time. He’s got a baby on the way that he’s never going to see. It’s horrible and so shocking and so sad.”
Speaking about the “tremendous amount of pain” that her daughter was in following Kaba’s death, Alleyne alleged that Kaba would have been given a chance to get out of the car had he been white.
Mr Kaba’s cousin, Jefferson Bosela, 27, described the rapper as a “loving, good person” in comments made to the BBC.
He added: “I’ve put it out there he wasn’t perfect, but regardless of that nobody deserves to be killed by the police unless there is an imminent or direct threat to the public, which at that moment in time, from what I’m hearing, he was not.”