When a young drill rap star and his crew drove through the streets of Brixton in a convoy of two Lamborghinis, they had no idea the music video they were filming would become so infamous.
Teenage gang member Brandon McNeil had chased the group through the busy streets and in an instant jumped off a Santander bike and changed dozens of lives forever.
Footage shown in the BBC documentary series The Met shows the moment he plunges a machete into the heart of 23-year-old Shane Jerome, who was riding a motorcycle in the convoy, before fleeing the scene.
As the young scaffolder’s girlfriend watched from a quad bike behind him, her confusion quickly turned to horror.
McNeil, then 18, attacked the group as they stopped at a red light outside Brixton tube station in south London in 2021.
Shane was riding a Yamaha NT7 motorcycle to film a music video for drill rap artist Chariffe Greaves, who performs under the stage name Reefy.
His girlfriend Seleka Gathercole was riding behind him on a quad bike. When the attack took place, she described hearing “screams” as everyone ran away.
But speaking to The Met, she said it was only when she looked back that she realized the man she wanted to marry hadn’t run away with them.
Scaffolder Shane Jerome with girlfriend Seleka Gathercole. He was just 23 when he was stabbed on the streets of Brixton while filming a drill rap music video
Shane was riding a Yamaha NT7 motorcycle to film a music video for rap artist Chariffe Greaves, who performs under the stage name Reefy
Video surveillance from the bus next to the group shows the moment McNeil attacks Shane
Brandon McNeil was holding a machete knife as he approached the convoy
Pictured: Brandon McNeil on CCTV dressed in a tracksuit with a PPE mask
CCTV shows McNeil – obscured by the bus – walking towards the group after jumping from his rental bike before the yellow Lamborghini speeds away as chaos erupts in Brixton
Shane’s girlfriend. Seleka Gathercole witnessed the attack. Photo credit: BBC/The Met
Police managed to identify McNeil from a handprint he left on a yellow Lamborghini
Police managed to identify McNeil from a handprint he left on a yellow Lamborghini. When they arrested him, they found a samurai sword, hunting knives and a machete similar to the one used to stab Shane.
Investigators compared a mugshot they had on file with dashcam footage from the double-decker bus that showed the attack carried out by McNeil, dressed in a dark gray hoodie, track pants and a PPE mask.
They visited a flat they had on record in Kennington and arrested him. When questioned by police in custody, he simply responded with a sullen “No comment.”
In a documentary on the case, investigators said it appeared he carried out the “extreme violence without any reason.”
McNeil admitted murder and attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of an offensive weapon.
He made rap videos bragging about his life of crime and bragged about his knife-handling skills in a film made a week after the murder, a court heard at the time.
Ms Gathercole posted a tribute to her friend on Facebook, saying: “My baby.” My heart is completely torn in two.
“I will never, ever get over your loss. You mean more to me than I could ever explain. It’s hard for me to even come to terms with it.”
Ms Gathercole spoke about the traumatizing experience on BBC program The Met
Pictures of the happy couple before the attack were shown in a BBC documentary
Describing the moment the tragic incident occurred on the BBC series The Met, she said: “All I saw was a big knife coming at me.” I run and see Shane’s blood on the floor. Why did they get Shane? He didn’t do anything.’
“Nobody saw it coming. Shane was next to the Lamborghini. The light turned red and it just happened. I heard screaming and my first thought was, “Why is everyone running?” I was so confused.
“I looked back and saw the knife with blood on it and realized Shane wasn’t running in the same direction as us.”
“I could just hear his breathing getting shallower and I said, ‘Please don’t go, I need you here’.”
“The paramedics tried to bring him back but I remember the sergeant took my hand and said, ‘I’m so sorry’.”
“Shane was never involved in gangs. He is level-headed. He had his whole life ahead of him.”
At McNeil’s hearing last year, where he was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 24 years in prison, his girlfriend told McNeil: “I hope you never forget the fact that you looked me in the eye.”
Rapper “Reefy” Chariffe Greaves pays tribute to Shane Jerome at the start of his Briston Market music video, which was filmed on the day the young scaffolder was brutally murdered
The red and yellow Lamborghinis are featured in Brixton Market’s music video, with rapper “Reefy” Chariffe Greaves front and center in the baseball cap.
Drill star “Reefy” Chariffe Greaves raps with a pal in his music video, which is filmed on the fateful day Shane Jerome was stabbed in broad daylight in a horrific machete attack
“I met him when I was 14. When I met him, I knew straight away that I would marry this man.”
Judge Sarah Munro QC told McNeil; “Shane Jerome was adored by his family, his longtime girlfriend and his friends, many of whom are here today to pay their respects and to watch you be punished for snuffing out his life.”
“He had no criminal record and, unlike you, there is not a shred of evidence that he was involved in any criminal or gang activity.”
“Lovely people are here today and their grief is palpable in court.”
The judge noted the courage of Shane’s friend Seleka Gathercole, who spoke in court about what she had been through.
But Brandon McNeil, who was 18 at the time, had been chasing the crew and jumped off his Santander bike at the traffic lights, pounced on Shane and stabbed him. Photo credit: BBC/The Met
Paramedics arrived on scene and desperately tried to save Shane. Photo credit: BBC/The Met
McNeil is caught on CCTV running from the scene
“She had to endure the indescribable horror of watching you kill the love of her life right in front of her.” She was right there.
“They planned to get married and start a family soon.
“This is just a snapshot of the young man you killed and the impact of what you did on those who knew and loved him.”
Referring to McNeil’s actions, Judge Munro continued: “You, on the other hand, are involved in the gang culture that is widespread in parts of this city.”
“You stabbed him in the heart. They attacked and acted with full and free will.”
Videos police found on McNeil’s phone were played in court, showing him demonstrating his skills with a range of knives.
The court heard McNeil was “obsessed” with the knives and believed his friends would be happy with what he had done.
The prosecutor presented the court with several boxed knives belonging to McNeil, some of which he described as “samurai-like” with “serrated, serrated edges.”
In March this year, McNeil’s sentence was reduced to 20 years and 247 days following an appeals court hearing.
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