A Birmingham boy was “racially abused” before being chased and stabbed to death.
Birmingham teenager was “racially abused” before being stabbed to death. The 14-year-old has been named by police as Dea-John Reid. Four men and two teenagers aged 13 and 14 are in police custody on suspicion of murder. According to police the horrific incident, which took place on Monday evening, happened after Dea-John and a group of his friends were subjected to racial abuse taunts.
Police said the argument got out of hand and Dea-John was chased and stabbed to death. Confirmation of his death from a stab wound to the chest came after a post-mortem was carried out. Dea-John’s family released a statement saying “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?” With new information being uncovered all the time DCI Stu Mobberley from the West Midlands police homicide unit said “As the investigation has progressed we now believe there was an incident involving Dea-John and his friends shortly before the murder.
That quickly escalated, resulting in Dea-John’s tragic death. During this precursor incident racist language was directed at Dea-John and his friends; that’s now being investigated. We’re still appealing for witnesses, anyone who saw or heard anything that could help our investigation, to get in touch so we can build up a clear picture of what happened.”
Anyone with information on the incident is being urged to get in touch with West Midlands police.