Devastated mother of 14-year-old boy knifed to death after playing football pays tribute


The devastated mother of a 14-year-old boy who was stabbed to death after playing football has said that she ‘can’t live without him’.

Joan Morris spoke about her heart-wrenching loss as she stood at the spot on College Road in Kingstanding, West Midlands, where son Dea-John Reid died at around 7.30pm on Monday.

She paid emotional tribute to the youngster as she said: ‘My son is so talented. I miss my son, he was a lovely kid.’ 

It comes after police confirmed that three people – a 14-year-old boy and two men aged 38 and 35 – have now been charged with his murder. 

Joan Morris spoke about her heart-wrenching loss as she stood at the spot on College Road in Kingstanding, West Midlands, where son Dea-John died at around 7.30pm on Monday

Ms Norris, who was support by other members of her family, said: ‘What am I supposed to do? My son is a talented young man.

‘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?’

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?’ 

The emotional speech came just hours after police confirmed they had charged a second man and a 14-year old boy with Dea-John’s murder. 

George Khan, 38, and the boy – who cannot be named for legal reasons – appeared at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court this morning. 

Khan, wearing a grey T-shirt, spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address. 

The teenager, of Solihull, wore a black tracksuit and sat with his head bowed throughout the ten-minute hearing before nodding to people in the public gallery. 

Neither of the defendants gave an indication of their pleas.

There were no applications for bail and they were remanded in custody and will appear at Birmingham Crown Court next Tuesday.

In her tribute, Dea-John's mother described the 14-year-old as an 'incredibly talented young boy'

In her tribute, Dea-John's mother described the 14-year-old as an 'incredibly talented young boy'

In her tribute, Dea-John’s mother described  the 14-year-old  as an ‘incredibly talented young boy’ 

The emotional speech came just hours after police confirmed they had charged a second man and a 14-year old boy with Dea-John's murder. Pictured: Police tent at the scene of the attack which shocked the community earlier this week

The emotional speech came just hours after police confirmed they had charged a second man and a 14-year old boy with Dea-John’s murder. Pictured: Police tent at the scene of the attack which shocked the community earlier this week

Police launched the murder investigation after the 14-year-old was stabbed to death in the street. Pictured: Police at the scene on Monday evening

Police launched the murder investigation after the 14-year-old was stabbed to death in the street. Pictured: Police at the scene on Monday evening

It comes after 35-year-old Michael Shields, from Alvis Walk in Castle Bromwich, appeared at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, also charged with the murder.

Shields was not required to enter any pleas and was remanded in custody until Friday when he will appear at the city’s crown court.

He was remanded in custody and will appear next on August 5 with a provisional trial date set for February 28 next year. 

Two men aged, 36 and 33, and a 13-year-old boy had been released with no further action.

Police are also 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.  

Pictured: Forensics officer at the scene on College Road, Kingstanding, north of Birmingham, where the 14-year-old boy died after being stabbed on Monday evening

Pictured: Forensics officer at the scene on College Road, Kingstanding, north of Birmingham, where the 14-year-old boy died after being stabbed on Monday evening

West Midlands Police has referred itself to the police watchdog after a latest U-turn in which it claimed the murder of a 14-year-old boy in the street could have been racially motivated. Pictured: Officer at the scene

West Midlands Police has referred itself to the police watchdog after a latest U-turn in which it claimed the murder of a 14-year-old boy in the street could have been racially motivated. Pictured: Officer at the scene

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.

Dea-John’s family paid tribute to the ‘incredibly talented’ teenager on Wednesday and called for an end to knife crime, saying: ‘How many more mothers will have to mourn for their sons for this to stop?’

The force said a post-mortem examination confirmed Dea-John died from a stab wound to the chest.

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