Thursday, 17 Jun 2021

Man, 35, charged with murder of boy, 14, chased and stabbed to death outside McDonald's

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

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


Michael Shields, from Castle Bromwich, will appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court this morning.

A 38-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy remain in custody for questioning,West Midlands Police said.

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

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.

FAMILY'S HEARTACHE

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

A pathologist has confirmed Dea-John died from a stab wound to the chest.

His heartbroken family released a tribute to an “incredibly talented young boy”.

They said: “We’d like to thank the emergency services for their diligence and support, and the public for their outpouring of love and support throughout this tragic and challenging time.

“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.

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

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