Man, 35, charged with the murder of 14-year-old Dea-John Reid in Birmingham


Boy, 14, and second man, 38, are charged with murder of Dea-John Reid on West Midlands street after 35-year-old was earlier remanded in custody over the attack

  • The teenager was tragically stabbed to death in Kingstanding on Monday night
  • Michael Shields, from Alvis Walk, Castle Bromwich, is charged with his murder
  • A 38-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy remain in police custody today
  • Two men, aged 36 and 33, and a 13-year-old boy released with no further action 

Police have charged a second man and a 14-year old boy with the murder of a teenager who was chased and stabbed to death.

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

George Khan, 38, and the boy – who cannot be named for legal reasons – were charged with the schoolboy’s murder by West Midlands police on Thursday. 

In a tribute this evening, Dea-John's family described him as an 'incredibly talented young boy'

The teenager has been named locally as Dea-John Reid

The teenager has been named locally as Dea-John Reid

In a tribute last night, Dea-John’s family described him as an ‘incredibly talented young boy’

A police tent at the scene of the attack, which shocked the community earlier this week

A police tent at the scene of the attack, which shocked the community earlier this week

A police tent at the scene of the attack, which shocked the community earlier this week

Police have launched a murder investigation after a 14-year-old boy was stabbed to death in the street during a large street fight. Pictured: Police at the scene on Monday afternoon

Police have launched a murder investigation after a 14-year-old boy was stabbed to death in the street during a large street fight. Pictured: Police at the scene on Monday afternoon

Police have launched a murder investigation after a 14-year-old boy was stabbed to death in the street during a large street fight. Pictured: Police at the scene on Monday afternoon

Both are due to appear at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on June 4.

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.

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.  

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

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

A forensics officer at the scene on College Road, Kingstanding, north of Birmingham, where a 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

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

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

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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