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First picture of Lilgwopboy, 21, shot dead days after the aspiring rapper released a music video as police name victim as Miguel Reynolds

Miguel Reynolds, 21, was found with fatal gunshot wound to his neck in Netherton, Merseyside

THIS is the first picture of an aspiring rapper shot dead in Merseyside amid Britain's violent crime epidemic.

Miguel Reynolds, 21, was shot in the neck in Netherton on Thursday and later died in hospital.

 Miguel Reynolds performed under the name Lilgwopboy as an aspiring rapper
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Miguel Reynolds performed under the name Lilgwopboy as an aspiring rapper

Known as "Migz" to friends, he performed under the stage name Lilgwopboy and had just released a music video for his track On Me on YouTube last month.

Lyrics from the song include references to south Manchester being "wild like the west" — and to him "chasing his dreams".

Police last night arrested a 21-year-old man from Manchester on suspicion of murder and conspiracy to rob.

They also cordoned off two areas as forensics cops scour the murder scene and another street where shots had been reported before the killing at around 8pm.

 Miguel Reynolds performed under the name Lilgwopboy in rap videos
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Miguel Reynolds performed under the name Lilgwopboy in rap videos
 Forensic officers scoured the scene for clues after the young man was found with a gunshot wound to the neck
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Forensic officers scoured the scene for clues after the young man was found with a gunshot wound to the neck
 Witnesses said a nurse had stopped to help in a desperate attempt to save the young man's life
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Witnesses said a nurse had stopped to help in a desperate attempt to save the young man's life

Meanwhile, pals have left touching tributes including dozens of bouquets and a whiteboard with the words: "RIP Migz - Lil Gwop Boy."

Friends also wrote messages on social media and commented under his music video, with one reading: "Rest Easy My Bro".

On Saturday, Ch Insp Jerry Harris appealed for anyone who may have seen anything suspicious to come forward.

He added: "Guns and those who use them have no place in our communities and residents should not be forced to live in fear."

 Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after Thursday's killing
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Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after Thursday's killing
 Forensics officers scour the scene of Thursday's killing
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Forensics officers scour the scene of Thursday's killing

Detectives are monitoring CCTV and carrying out house-to-house enquiries — while an increased police presence remains in the area, a Merseyside Police statement said.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact @MerpolCC, 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The shooting came just 24 hours after a teenager was left fighting for his life following a shooting in Brixton, South London.

And today a man in his 20s was fighting for his life after being stabbed in the same area.

The total tally of murder victims in London had reached 66 by May 2018 — several as a result of shootings.

Gun crime was in decline in the capital up until 2014 but has been steadily increasing since.

Between 2016 and 2017 the number of cases from 2,193 to 2,542, according to Metropolitan Police data. In 770 of those cases, a gun was fired.

The Office for National Statistics said knife and gun offences were "disproportionately concentrated" in London and other metropolitan areas.


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