Family 'devastated' as English MMA fighter Jahreau Shepherd dies after violent stabbing on 30th birthday
Police arrived at the scene shortly after the incident which is understood to have occurred at around 10pm local time, where attempts were made to stem the bleeding, but the fighter was pronounced dead at the scene soon afterward.Also on rt.com Two-time European junior wrestling champ stabbed to death in Russia
Shepherd had been attending a barbecue as part of his birthday celebrations on a lawn in a residential estate. His mother is understood to have departed the scene prior to the incident taking place.
The victim's cousin, Tanisha Shepherd, 27, told UK publication the Standard that she was also in attendance but also left early to care for her two young children.
"I was at the barbecue early in the evening but have two small children so had to go," she said.
"Everything was fine when I left. Jahreau’s mother is not in a good place at the moment. She is devastated.
"Jahreau was amazing," she added. "He helped everyone, he would do anything for anyone. He lived and breathed fighting. He was so looking forward to the gym opening again after the lockdown and was lining up a fight.
"He had everything to live for. He helped keep the young people on the straight and narrow and was a role model."
Man, I’ve just seen the news of Jahreau “The Nightmare” Shepherd’s passing. Reports say he died as the result of a stabbing in south London. He was 30.I only interacted with him on a few occasions but he was a great guy.Awful, awful news. My heart goes out to his loved ones. pic.twitter.com/UO3UFTMFqX— Chisanga Malata (@Chisanga_Malata) July 12, 2020
Another life lost to knife crime. RIP Jay Shepherd. Condolences to your family 🙏🏾❤️ pic.twitter.com/FIswIVTRTb— JIMI MANUWA (@POSTERBOYJM) July 13, 2020
Scotland Yard has launched a murder investigation, though there have been no arrests made as of yet.
"I will do all I can to get justice for this family, and, along with colleagues from my homicide teams, I will use every available tactic to find whoever is responsible for this terrible attack," Detective Chief Inspector Dave Whellams of the Metropolitan Police Specialist Crime Unit said.
"A man has lost his life and a family has been left suffering unimaginable grief because of the callous use of a knife to inflict fatal injuries."
A shrine devoted to the memory of Shepherd has been made at the scene of his death, with wreaths of flowers left in tribute to the fighter - nicknamed "The Nightmare" - alongside photographs of him holding championship belts won in mixed martial arts competition.Also on rt.com Floyd Mayweather's daughter Iyanna arrested for allegedly STABBING love rival over rapper YoungBoy - reports
Jeremy Petley, coach at the London Fight Factory where Shepherd training, also paid tribute to his student, saying: "Jay was a great friend, fighter, training partner, coach and team member, and his sense of humour, positive presence and wonderfully loud laugh will be very much missed."
Shepherd last fought in February where he earned a decision win against Quinten de Vreught. It was his fourth successive win and he held a professional career record of 6-2.