Mother of innocent Deliveroo rider killed amid gang shootout in Brixton tells of heartbreak
Guilherme Messias da Silva, 21, was on his last order of the night when two cars sped down Railton Road and one slammed into his moped.
Drill artist Lamar Scott, 27 – known as Perm – jumped from the car which had crashed into the takeaway runner, but was shot dead around 7.50pm on Sunday.
Speaking from her home in Brazil, Mr da Silva’s mother, Rosangela Messias de Sousa, 46, said: ‘I fell into despair, I screamed, I passed out. It’s very sad, my heart is bleeding. It hurts everything.
She told TV news channel G1 Goias that her son was “joyful, outgoing and smiling”.
She said she calls her youngest son, who moved to the UK two years ago, daily in a bid to stay in touch despite the distance.
But their Sunday morning conversation was cut short due to signal quality.
Ms. De Sousa learned of his death from close friends. The family are now looking for ways to transfer his body to their hometown of Petrolina de Goias, near the Brazilian capital Brasilia.
His father-in-law Cirilo Antonio Machado, 66, added of Mr Da Silva’s death: “They beat him when he escaped.
“He was very polite, gentle, full of friendships and hardworking.”
Mr Scott was the son of boxer Dillian Whyte’s promoter Dean Whyte. The heavyweight, who lost to Tyson Fury at Wembley in April, shared tributes on Instagram yesterday.
Friends said he had ties to the rap group ClapTown, which is known to have feuds with neighboring gangs.
The deaths come just five days after two other young men were shot dead in a terraced house in Ilford.
This follows a string of shootings since July in which three men died in separate attacks over six days.
Prior to these killings, until July 19 this year, there had been no gun deaths in London for nine months since October 31 last year.
A Deliveroo spokesperson said: “This is an incredibly tragic incident and our hearts go out to the friends and family of those who lost their lives.”