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Dea-John Reid: Man charged with murder of 14-year-old stabbed to death in Birmingham

Written by on 3 June 2021

A 35-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a teenager who was chased and stabbed to death.

Dea-John Reid, 14, was killed on College Road in the Kingstanding area of Birmingham at about 7.30pm on Monday.

Michael Shields, from Alvis Walk in Castle Bromwich, will appear at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on Thursday morning, West Midlands Police said.

A 38-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy remain in custody for questioning, while two men, aged 36 and 33, and a 13-year-old boy have been released with no further action, the force added.

A police cordon is in place as officers hunt up to seven attackers Image: The teenager was killed on College Road in the Kingstanding area of Birmingham

Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Mobberley said: “This is a significant step forward in our investigation, but we are still pursuing all lines of enquiry to find anyone else involved in Dea-John’s tragic death.

“We are looking at all the circumstances which led up to the events of Monday evening and anyone who has information should contact us.”

West Midlands Police has referred the case to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) after “looking at previous incidents involving the victim”.

A post-mortem examination confirmed Dea-John died from a single stab wound to the chest.

The teenager’s family earlier this week thanked the public “for their outpouring of love and support”.

“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,” said a statement.

“The passing of this incredibly talented young boy will be felt by us all.

“How many more mothers will have to mourn for their sons for this to stop?”

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