Birmingham: Dea-John Reid, 14 – Stabbing victims’ mother reveals her heartbreak
The mother of Dea-John Reid, 14, who was stabbed to death in Birmingham has paid tribute to her “incredibly talented young boy.”
Reid is understood to have been chased in the Kingstanding area of the city before he was attacked.
Micheal Shields, 35, George Khan, 38, and a 14-year-old boy have been charged with his murder.
- Dea-John Reid,14, was stabbed and killed in Birmingham on Monday
- His mother said he was on his way to play football
- It is believed Ried was subjected to racist language before being chased and stabbed
- Micheal Shield, 35, George Khan, 38 and a boy, 14 have been charged with murder
- Police are appealing for information about a dark blue VW Golf – registration TN07 GBR
Speaking to reporters at the spot her son died, Joan Morris cried as she spoke about her loss.
“I sent my son to play football and he didn’t come home, what am I supposed to do?” Ms Morris said.
Supported by family members, she also demanded an end to knife crime, asking: “How many more mothers will have to mourn for their sons for this to stop?”
And she told how she “couldn’t live” without her son: “They’ve taken away my son’s life, my son hasn’t even grown up to give me a grandchild.”
The family added: “This loss not only affects us but everyone Dea-John knew, we have lost a son, his siblings have lost a brother and others have lost a friend.
“The passing of this incredibly talented young boy will be felt by us all.”
The family also thanked the emergency services for their diligence and the public for their “outpouring of love and support throughout this tragic and challenging time”.
Geroge Khan, 38 and a 14-year-old CHARGED
Khan and the 14-year-old are due to appear in court on Friday.
West Midlands Police are appealing for information about a dark blue VW Golf believed to have been used during the attack.
The offenders are thought to have arrived and left the scene in the vehicle, registration TN07 GBR.
Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Mobberley said: “We really need to trace this VW Golf and I would urge anyone who believes they have seen the car or knows of its whereabouts to get in touch.”
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