Young rapper stabbed to death after club fight

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A promising young rap musician was found stabbed to death in a car which police had stopped for driving through a red light.

Officers pursued the vehicle, along with two others, after it ran a red light on Baylis Road, in London's Waterloo, just after 5am on Saturday morning.

Inside they found Carl Beatson Asiedu, a 19-year-old rapper who had just performed a gig at Club Life in Kennington, south London, with stab wounds. An air ambulance was called but the teenager died at the scene.

A second man, also believed to be 19, was found outside the club in Goding Street also with stab wounds. He was taken to a south London hospital and has since been discharged.

It is thought that Mr Asiedu, a student at De Montfort University in Leicester, who performed under the stage name Charmz, and the other man had been involved in a fight after the gig and Mr Asiedu was being taken to hospital by his friends when their car was stopped.

Detectives are questioning two men, aged 18 and 20, on suspicion of murder. The first was arrested at his home on Saturday evening. The second was apprehended when he attended a police station in the early hours of Sunday morning. Yesterday the police were given more time to question the pair.

More than 4,000 people joined a tribute group on the social-networking website Facebook, dedicating hundreds of messages to the "funny" and "talented" musician. According to friends, Mr Asiedu had been planning to soon release his first single, "Buy Out Da Bar".