A man who fatally stabbed the brother of rapper 21 Savage while out shopping for his grandmother has been jailed for 10 years.
Tyrece Voller cut Terrell Davis Emmons, 27, with a Rambo style knife on a Brixton, south London housing estate in November 2013.
Just before 6pm on November 22, Mr Davis-Emmons was stabbed with a six-inch blade.
A court heard that both men were armed at the time of the fight. Fuller, however, lunged at his victim after he had reattached his machete to its sheath.
One brave passerby attempted to break up Fuller’s fight and saw Fuller attack Mr Davis Emmons after he had taken his weapon.
CCTV captured Mr Davis Emmons reaching up to examine his chest wound. He then lost consciousness and fell face first into a bush.
21 Savage shared a touching tribute to his baby bro on Instagram. He also included a photo of the brothers as kids (pictured).
Paramedics were called and an air ambulance crew arrived, but Mr Davis Emmons, from Lambeth died on the spot.
Fuller was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being found guilty during a July trial of manslaughter. He was also cleared of murder.
However, the 22-year old killer refused to leave prison and go to the sentencing hearing to face his manslaughter conviction. The judge remarked on his ‘lackof courage’.
It was the second failure of the aspiring professional fighter to face his fate in court. This added to the suffering of his victim’s loved ones.
His older sibling, who is widely recognized as one of the most prominent faces in rap and highest earning musicians, posted a tribute on his Instagram account with a photo showing them together as children.
London-born 21 Savage, real name Sheyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, wrote: ‘Can’t believe somebody took you baby bro I know I took my anger out on you I wish I could take that s**t back.’
When he was seven years of age, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia with mom. Since then, he has produced two studio albums, two collaboration albums, and 27 singles. He has performed with Post Malone and Drake. Last year, he won a grammy as best rap song with A Lot’.
The 29-year-old and Mr Davis Emmons were half-brothers. Their father was Kevin Emmons.
Senior services support officer Mr Emmons told the court about his own’massive struggle just to function’ and how he had just escaped with the death his son.
He stated that he was battling an emotional and psychological war within himself. It was comparable to an elevator that only descends.
“His Nan, my mother, still waits for Terrell to come back with milk and juice.
Terrell Davis (also known as TM1way), was shopping at his grandmother’s house when he was stabbed to death.
21 Savage and Mr Davis are pictured with Heather, his mother. He was born in Plaistow (east London) and emigrated to America as a child.
Fuller, of Tavy Close (Kennington), was convicted in July of manslaughter. However, he was cleared of murder. He was also convicted for possessing a bladed item – the hunting knife that he used in killing Mr Davis-Emmons.
Jurors heard Fuller, a man with no prior convictions, stabbed TM1way, an aspiring drill rapper, with a single blow in the chest while he was shopping for his grandmother along Ramilles Close.
Fuller told the court he owed his victim an £800 (POUNDS) gambling debt and claimed Mr Davis-Emmons had previously threatened him.
He spotted him at Blenheim Gardens Estate and ran to a nearby house to grab the Rambo knife. After returning to Mr Davis Emmons, he put him in an embrace and punched him.
The court heard the men reach out for each other with their knives, but neither made contact.
After Mr Davis-Emmons had re-sheathed the machete, Fuller continued to threaten him. At this point, another man intervened to calm him down.
Fuller fatally stabbed him then, plunging the blade four inches into Fuller’s chest and piercing his heart.
He fled the scene, disposing the blade and his smartphone, neither of which were recovered.
The Grammy-award winning artist posted several more recent images of Mr. Davis (pictured below) following the stabbing
Maidstone Crown Court, Kent. Mr Justice Cavanagh, the trial judge, said that Fuller was being threatened and that he was acting in self-defence.
“This is yet more tragic example of the curse that knife crime in London.” He said that a young man’s life was cut short by young men’s willingness to pick up a knife and use it when there are better, safer and more efficient ways to solve the problem.
‘Mr Davis Emmons was clearly a well-loved brother, son, and grandson who cared for his disabled brother and was a talented musician.
“He was a good neighbor and had plans for the foreseeable future. The victim’s personal statement described graphically how Terell Davis Emmons’s death had devastated his family and all those who loved him.