Professional boxer Dillian Whyte has shared a tribute to his close friend’s son, who was killed in a deadly gun attack in south London.
Drill artist “Perm” is dead following the horror attack in Brixton, that also claimed the life of Deliveroo driver Guilherme Messias Da Silva.
Perm, who is well known in London’s Drill music scene, was believed to have been the target of the attack.
Cops were called just before 8pm after reports of gunshots were heard on Railton Road in Brixton, south London, with firearm specialists from the Metropolitan Police rushing to the scene along with the London Ambulance Service.
Despite the efforts of emergency services, both men were pronounced dead at the scene by medics.
The other victim of the shooting was said to be Guilherme Messias da Silva, a 21-year-old takeaway delivery driver dropping off his last order of the day.
Local residents described 12 shots being fired between “a pair on a moped and people in a car” and vehicles crashing.
The Metropolitan Police has not yet confirmed the identities of those who died, however tributes have been paid online to drill rapper Perm, who is believed to have been the target of the attack.
The musician’s father Dean Whyte posted a tribute on social media on Monday morning, sharing an image of his son with the words: “R.i.p my boy daddy loves you”.
“Life has changed forever”.
The heartbroken dad is a close friend of British professional boxer Dillian Whyte, who re-posted Dean’s tribute to Perm from his own Instagram account.
Dillian is a professional boxer, who has formerly competed as a kickboxer and mixed martial artist.
He has held the World Boxing Council interim heavyweight title twice, between 2019 and 2020, and again from 2021 to April 2022.
Dean himself is the head of Blvckbox Global, a management and promotional company which seeks to create events and opportunities for boxers.
A number of tributes have also been made to Perm on online music news outlets.
“R.I.P UK Drill artist # Perm, who was shot and killed in a shooting which took place in Brixton last night,” one read.
The musician’s father Dean Whyte posted a tribute on social media on Monday morning, sharing an image of his son with the words: “R.i.p my boy daddy loves you. Life has changed forever”.
Another message posted to Dean’s Instagram account on Tuesday said: “Just wanna thank you all for your messages and support can’t get through all of the messages at this time but just know its appreciated (sic).
“Hearts forever broken. Love you my boy.”
Dean is a close friend of British professional boxer Dillian Whyte, who re-posted his original tribute to Perm.
While Perm was said to have been shot dead, Guilherme, who came from Petrolina de Goias near the Brazilian capital Brasilia, is believed to have died from his injuries after being hit by one of the cars as it careered out of control during the shooting.
A Deliveroo driver working near the scene on Monday who said he knew Guilherme, 42-year-old Paulo Silva, described him as a “good boy” and “young” and said he had been planning to go to Brazil in December.
A tribute paid to Guilherme on social media, written in Brazilian and translated into English, remembered “a humble and hard working boy” who “lost his life working during a fight between gangs in Brixton”.
“He was fatally hit by the car of the bandits,” the post continued. “This first world country who lots outside see is not just a sea of roses!
“This is a daily fight, far from family, exposed to daily dangers. God comfort family and friends.
“God receives you with open arms boy!”
White forensic tents had been put up at the scene on Monday, where debris could be seen strewn across the road.
There were two crashed vehicles – a silver car which had lost one of its tyres and a moped.
Police confirmed in a statement that no arrests have yet been made as they appeal for anyone with information to come forward.
A Met spokesperson said in a statement yesterday: “Police were called at about 19:50hrs on Sunday, 30 October to reports of gunshots heard on Railton Road, SE24.
Officers, including firearms officers, are in attendance along with the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance.
“Two men were found injured at the location. Despite the efforts of emergency services, they were both pronounced dead at the scene. The nature of their injuries has not been confirmed at this time.
“Local residents will see an enhanced police presence in the area and are advised to speak with officers if they have any information,” the spokesperson added.
“At this stage, there have been no arrests and enquiries continue.