A man has been found guilty of the murder of 16-year-old Rhamero West. Rhamero, a nephew of former Man-City star Shaun Wright-Phillips, was hunted down and stabbed to death by Ryan Cashin in the street at Old Trafford, a court heard.
Cashin, 19, had taken the weapon from a 17-year-old boy who had chased Rhamero as he ran for his life, a Manchester jury was told. Rhamero, who started his first day at college studying catering on the day he was murdered, desperately banged on front doors as he tried to get away from his attackers.
Cashin and the 17-year-old, who can’t be named for legal reasons, appeared at Manchester Crown Court charged with his murder. Two others, Giovanni Lawrence, 20, and Xavaiour Wynter, 18, were also charged with murder. During a trial, prosecutors said they were the drivers of two stolen BMWs which Rhamero had pursued.
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Following a trial, Ryan Cashin was found guilty. The jury are still deliberating the verdicts for Giovanni Lawrence, Xavaiour Wynter and the 17-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons.
Prosecutors were not able to put forward a motive for the brutal killing. But Guy Gozem QC said: “Whatever grudge or issue lay behind what happened, we say that their relentless pursuit of Rhamero West and their absolute determination to catch him is obvious.”
Rhamero, who was with friends and was driving a stolen BMW, was chased through south Manchester after being spotted on Princess Parkway at about 5.45pm on September 9 last year. The 17-year-old defendant got out of one of the two stolen BMWs while Rhamero’s car was stationary in traffic, and started attacking the car with a ‘large knife’, jurors have been told.
Rhamero fled, and in his desperation to get away he crashed into another car and then ploughed into a tree. He and his friends began running for their lives, as the 17-year-old defendant chased him armed with a knife.
Cashin also joined the chase, and took the weapon from the 17-year-old before stabbing Rhamero to the legs in a front garden on Norton Street. The killer shouted something like ‘arr got you!’, as a neighbor screamed at him to stop, jurors heard.
Both BMWs sped off and left Rhamero to die. He was able to get up and walk to try and get help, but he died shortly after 7.30pm that day. The defendants regrouped later in a taxi, which stopped in Hulme at about 7.45pm.
Tributes flooded in for Rhamero after his death, including from former City youth player D’Margio Wright-Philips, the son of former City and England footballer Shaun Wright-Philips.
A message from D’Margio, who now plays for Stoke City, published the day after Rhamero’s death read: “I don’t even know where to start with this one but I just miss you so much cuz and I need you back.
“You were my little bro like how could this be. I just don’t even know what to say but I just wish I could have done more for you and be there more for you when you needed me.
“I love you so much and words can’t describe how much I miss you and love you.
“I saw you not even last week and you made me laugh the whole time we was with each other but really and truly words can’t describe how I’m feeling right now. I love you so much cuz. RIP ANGEK MY LITTLE Bro .”
After his death Rhamero’s family said: “We are all devastated and are now left with an empty hole in our hearts. Mero was a beautiful soul and got on with everyone who he met.
“He will be sadly missed, lots of love son, we will love you forever – mum, dad, Remi and not forgetting your nephew Caerus. We will make sure he will never forget you.
“Each and everyone in the family right now wishes you were still here. Sleep tight baby boy till we meet again. We love you forever.”