Feud On Social Media Resulted In Teen’s Murder

January 18, 2019

“Detectives revealed that a long running feud over social media between two groups ‘pretending to be gangsters’ resulted in the tragic death of 17-year-old Lyrico Steede,” according to a report by the Nottinghamshire Post.

Lyrico, a Bermudian who was living in England, was fatally stabbed last year after being chased by a group of teenagers, and after a trial in the UK, two teenagers were found guilty of murder, while three other teenagers were found guilty of manslaughter.

The story said, “Detective Chief Inspector Hayley Williams, who led the investigation into the Bulwell teenager’s death, said she hoped that a tough sentence would be handed to the five defendants.

“She hopes this sentence will act as a strong deterrent for other Nottingham teenagers who feel that picking up a knife and carrying out a brutal stabbing is the only way to solve a grievance.

“Humiliation and a lack of respect was rooted in this case, DCI Williams added, and that drill music videos uploaded onto channels such as YouTube had compounded tensions.

“And she sent out a warning to those who fund the videos to take “a hard look at themselves” for creating “a platform” for teenagers to abuse their peers.

“DCI Williams and Detective Constable Chris Berryman, of Nottinghamshire Police, were two of the main players on the Lyrico Steede investigation.

“But overall, more than 100 people worked on the case, taking 314 statements, conducting 38 interviews, and examining more than 1,000 exhibits, including hours of CCTV footage.

“Lyrico, known to his family as Rico, had been a pupil at Ellis Guilford. His mum, Keishaye Steede, described him as “respectful with the cutest little smile.”

“But Lyrico and his friends had a long-running feud with a group of teenagers scattered across Sneinton and Radford – and on Tuesday, February 13, it was about to reach a fatal end.

“Rico was lured to a secluded park in Bulwell by a 16-year-old girl.

“Lyrico thought he was going on a date,” said DCI Williams. “He was totally set up.”

“Police said that ring leader Kasharn Campbell, 19, of no fixed address, arrived at the park with friends, Christian Jameson, 18, of Chilwell, Remmell Campbell-Miller, 18, of Sneinton Boulevard, and a 17-year-old who can’t be named.

“They chased Rico a total distance of 600 metres – which police said is one and a half times around an Olympic size running track – before he tripped, fell over, and they carried out a frenzied knife attack on him, shortly before 7.30pm, in Stock Well.

DC Berryman added: “We were looking at blurs and shadows because of the time of night, so the CCTV footage got wider and wider.

“There was also intensive work around social media – Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat – to look into links and associates.”

“DCI Williams said that working with the mobile phone providers, they knew that the suspects’ phones travelled together from Sneinton to Bulwell.

“People think just because that phone gets switched off you can’t trace their movements,” she added. “All their phones followed the same route.”

“I would like to thank the community of Nottingham, who exposed the names of the individuals.”

Kasharn Campbell and Christian Jameson were found guilty of murder, while a 17-year-old boy and a 16 year old girl – who cannot be identified, and Remmell Campbell-Miller, 18, were found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter. They are due to be sentenced this month.

Read the full story here on the Nottinghamshire Post website.

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