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Tottenham star Jermaine Defoe's brother murdered in street attack

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25 Apr 2009 14:32:44

Tottenham star Jermaine Defoe's brother murdered in street attack

The brother of England footballer Jermain Defoe died last night after a street attack, it emerged today.   Jade Defoe, 26, suffered serious head injuries in a brutal assault on Monday afternoon in Leytonstone, east London. Mourning: Jermain Defoe's brother was murdered in East London street attack  Spurs on red alert as Downing admits he will quit MiddlesbroughRedknapp set to give it his all against United but backs Sir Alex to bag another league titleTOTTENHAM HOTSPUR FC: All of the latest news from across the webHe was taken to a central London hospital where he died last night.   The attack took place between 4.15pm and 5pm in Walnut Gardens, near the junction with High Road Leytonstone.   A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: 'We do not believe a weapon was used during the assault. We retain an open mind as to any motive and inquiries continue to establish the full circumstances of the incident.'   A 28-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of perverting the course of justice in connection with the investigation.   He was released on bail, but was re-arrested yesterday on suspicion of the same offence and remains in custody at an east London police station.   A post-mortem examination will be held at East Ham mortuary today.   Jade Defoe, also known as Gavin and Esco Bars, was popular as a grime MC on the urban music scene.   Over 600 friends and fans joined a tribute page created on Facebook.   Mimi Murrell wrote: 'My heart goes out 2 Stace, who i know is a tuff lady and she will do ur kids n u proud.. i miss u already.'   Sabrina Bertrand, from Jamaica, said: 'I can't believe my godfather is gone, love u lots.'  Darren Germaine added: 'Never forget the good ol' Redbridge College days, days prior to that and days after! You were always a joker, popular with the ladies but most importantly a good friend.'   Half-brother Jermain Defoe did not travel with his Tottenham Hotspur team mates yesterday for their match with Manchester United tonight because of Jade's death.   A club spokesman said: 'It is a private matter and we await details.'


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