A “popular and bright” musician has left a community in mourning after he was brutally stabbed to death on Saturday.
A murder investigation has been launched following the death of the 19-year-old, named locally as Isaac Stone, also known as Dynamikk, near Bedford Town Centre.
Detectives from the Bed, Cambs and Herts Major Crime Unit are investigating the incident, which happened at around 6.20pm on the corner of Costin Street, off Midland Road.
Police say they believe a number of people ran away from the incident and they appealing for those people, or anyone with any information on the killing to come forward.
Detective Chief Inspector Jon Hutchinson from the Major Crime Unit said: “We have already received a great deal of information about what happened on Saturday evening and detectives now have a much clearer picture of the events that led to this tragic incident where a young life was lost.
“It is clear that this was a targeted attack, we are confident that there was not a racial motive behind the murder and it is more than likely that the victim knew who his attackers were. “A number of people were seen running from the scene who may have been involved and our task continues to be identifying and tracing anyone who was present or involved in the assault.
“If you were one of these people but only witnessed events then we need you to come forward and assist us with this investigation. Anything that you tell us will be treated in strict confidence.”
Officers executed three warrants at addresses in Bedford and Shortstown earlier this week as they continue their investigation.
A man, who has bee arrested on suspicion of murder and bailed pending further enquiries, is still being treated in hospital for injuries he sistained in the attack.
The tragic teen was a student at the former John Bunyan Upper School that is now Bedford Academy, until 2011.
The school paid tribute to him saying: “Isaac Stone was a student at the Academy for his final year of secondary education and left in 2011.
“He was a bright student and we are sad to learn of his death at the weekend. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.”
Isaac was known as a talented rapper under the name Dynamikk and he spent time in the last year recording a number of songs at a local studio.
Music producer and friend Leon, who worked with him at the studio this, week paid tribute to Isaac who he said had a promising musical career ahead of him.
He said: “Rapping was his main love. He was always really happy when he came in the studio, he would be bouncing around the sound booth, he was really into it. He loved it.
“When he first came into the studio he was more of a young boy, but I really started to see him grow into a man in the last year.”
He added: “He was very different to some of the other people that come in the studio. He had a really good heart, he was young but I thought straight away ‘give it a couple of years and he will be very talented’.
“He showed a lot of promise as a rapper. He would deliver really well and that’s very important for a rapper. He was always very respectful when he came in.
“I’m devastated this has happened, I just can’t undertsand it. He got on well with everyone, all different ethnic groups.
“Only four days prior to the incident I saw him and he said he needed to come into the studio to finish his mixed tape, and then I heard he had been killed.”
Leon now plans to produce the rest of his mixed tape that will feature 11 of his songs in tribute to Isaac.
A Facebook group has been set up in memory of Isaac called A Fallen Angel Dynamikk. Over 2,000 people have ‘iked’ the group and many have left messages.
But just a couple of hours later a ‘fake’ tribute page was set up asking poeple to like the page so that it can be sponsored to raise money for Isaac.
But his family slammed the page accusing the creators as using Isaac’s death to make money.
A growing floral tribute was been left at the scene of the incident on the corner of Costin Road.
A member of staff from kebab shop AlFai Roz-Kebabish, which Isaac was a regular customer of, spoke to the Times & Citizen about the incident.
The employee, who asked not to be named, said the attack happened right outside the shop.
They said: “It was very busy in the shop and I heard shouting and ran out. I saw him lying on the floor. We called the police and ambulance.”
A member of the public, who asked not to be named, spoke of his shock at the news on Monday.
He said: “People don’t deserve to die like that. Bedford is getting worse, I have three kids and it worries me that they are being brought up round here.”
Anyone with information can contact Bedfordshire Police, in confidence on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111.