Corey Donaldson and Alex Scott, both 18, were part of a mob who hunted down 21-year-old Dean Pascal-Modeste on his way to a recording session, stabbing him in broad-daylight as children were being collected from a nearby school.
The killers were members of the Lewisham-based B-Side gang, who were locked in a tit-for-tat battle with rivals from the Splash gang.
An eyewitness likened the attackers to a “pack of wolves” as one group surrounded Dean on mopeds and a second group pursued him on foot.
At the Old Bailey this afternoon, Donaldson and Scott were both found guilty by a jury of murdering Mr Pascal-Modeste. Donaldson shouted out “you’ll never see me again” as he was led away to the cells.
The gang and B-Side had both featured in YouTube rap recording sessions with former Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood, and had traded barbs with each other in online videos.
“Dean Pascal-Modeste was not, himself, a member of any gang. Indeed, there is no evidence that his attackers would even have known who he was”, said prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC
“The murder of Dean Pascal-Modeste has its roots in a poisonous feud between the Splash gang and the B Side gang.
“In other words, Dean Pascal-Modeste was stabbed to death not for who he was or for anything that he had done, instead he was murdered for the company that he kept.”
He said the attackers “came from nowhere” when Mr Pascal-Modeste was alone on the estate: “Dean was hunted down and surrounded. The group of youths crowded around him and attacked him. A number of them, if not all of them, must have been armed with weapons.”
The court heard Dean suffered fourteen stab wounds, including one that punctured his lung, during a “pitiless attack” and died at the scene.
Jurors were told he was “passionate” about making his mark in the music business, and had been working with a production company called London Base.
“A number of the witnesses had been collecting their children from school. This attack, you may think, was as outrageous as it was brazen”, added Mr Aylett.
“This was not a spontaneous eruption of violence brought on by a dirty look or a word spoken out of place. Instead this was a coordinated attack in which a number of those involved were armed either with guns or knives.”
Donaldson and Scott, both from Deptford denied murder but were convicted by the jury who deliberated for six days. Donaldson was also found guilty of possession of an offensive weapon.
A third defendant, Uzeome Emeofa, 19, from Catford, was found not guilty of murder by the jury.
A sentencing hearing will take place for the two killers later this month.