Boys aged 16 and 14 are arrested over murder of 14-year-old boy who was knifed to death after playing football
Two teenage boys have been arrested in connection with the murder of a 14-year-old boy who was chased and stabbed to death after playing football.
Dea-John Reid, 14, was killed on College Road in the Kingstanding area of Birmingham, at about 7.30pm on Monday.
Today, West Midlands Police said officers had detained a 14-year-old from Wolverhampton and 16-year-old from Great Barr in Birmingham.
The force said the two teenagers were arrested on suspicion of murder and have been taken into police custody for questioning.
It comes as a 14-year-old boy and two men, aged 38 and 35, appeared in court yesterday charged with Dea-John’s murder.
Dea-John Reid (left and right), 14, was stabbed in the Kingstanding area of Birmingham, at about 7.30pm on Monday
A police tent is put up in the area as forensic teams carry out their investigations in the area
Michael Shields, 35, from Castle Bromwich, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday charged with the teenager’s murder.
He will appear at the same court for a plea hearing on August 5 and a provisional trial date has been set for February 28 next year.
Two other suspects, 38-year-old George Khan, from Birmingham, and a 14-year-old youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also appeared at the city’s magistrates’ court on Friday.
They were remanded into custody until Tuesday where they will appear at Birmingham Crown Court.
The force said a post-mortem examination confirmed Dea-John died from a stab wound to the chest.
Yesterday, Dea-John’s mother, Joan Morris, stood on the spot where her son was murdered and paid an emotional tribute to the 14-year-old.
Ms Morris, who was supported by other family members, said: ‘My son is so talented. I miss my son, he was a lovely kid.
‘He always gave me my medication, he made my tea. He gave me everything that I need. What am I supposed to do without him?’
A police officer stands near the scene on College Road, Kingstanding, following the teenager’s stabbing
Mother Joan Morris spoke about her heart-wrenching loss as she stood at the spot on College Road in Kingstanding, West Midlands, yesterday
She continued: ‘I can’t live without him. They’ve taken away my son’s life, my son hasn’t even grown up to give me a grandchild.
‘What more must I do? I love my son so much. What more, more can I do, what more?’
Police are appealing for information regarding a car believed to have been used during the attack.
It is thought the offenders arrived and left the scene in a dark blue VW Golf with the registration number TN07 GBR.
Officers have been trying to locate the vehicle but so far it has not been found.
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.
‘It could be crucial to the investigation so if anyone has any information please message us or call.
‘People can call anonymously, we don’t need their names, just information.
‘We are pursuing all lines of enquiry to find anyone else involved in Dea-John’s tragic death and anyone who has information should contact us.’
Police said racist language was directed at Dea-John before he was killed, and urged any witnesses to the ‘precursor incident’ to come forward.
Officers previously said there was ‘nothing to suggest’ the stabbing was racially motivated.