Who is Dea-John Reid?
Dea-John Reid, 14, was killed in College Road in Kingstanding, Birmingham, on Monday evening.
George Khan, of Newstead Road in the city, and the boy who cannot be named for legal reasons, were remanded in custody by Birmingham magistrates.
The defendants are next due to appear at the city’s crown court on Tuesday.
A second man, 35-year-old Michael Shields of Alvis Walk-in Castle Bromwich, is also charged with Dea-John’s murder.
He appeared at Birmingham Crown Court and was remanded in custody ahead of a further appearance on 5 August.
Dea-John, who was a year nine pupil at Harborne Academy, was confirmed dead at the scene after the attack at about 19:30 BST on Monday.
A post-mortem examination revealed he died from a stab wound to the chest.
The 14-year-old is understood to have been chased in College Road, Kingstanding, by a group at around 7.30 pm before being stabbed. West Midlands Police say he collapsed in the road and was pronounced dead a short time later. A post mortem examination confirmed he died from a stab wound to his chest.
How Old was Dea-John Reid?
He was 14 years old.
Dea-John Reid Suspected Killers
Michael Shields, from Alvis Walk-in Castle Bromwich, appeared at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court today charged with murder. He was not required to enter any pleas and was remanded in custody until Friday, June 4th when he will appear at the city’s crown court.
A 38-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy remain in custody for questioning. Two men, aged 36 and 33, and a 13-year-old boy have been released with no further action.
West Midlands Police continue to appeal for witnesses as its investigation into the circumstances around Dea-John’s death continues.
Detectives are searching for a dark blue VW Golf, with the registration number TN07 GBR that they believe was used during the attack.
Paying tribute near the scene of her son’s death on Thursday, Joan Morris broke down in tears and said Dea-John had “so much potential… every day I tell him I’m proud of him.”
Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Mobberley said: ‘This is a significant step forward in our investigation, but we are still pursuing all lines of inquiry 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 have 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 stab wound to the chest.
What has Dea-John’s family said?
Dea-John’s family described him as an ‘incredibly talented’ teenager as they called for an end to knife crime, saying: ‘How many more mothers will have to mourn for their sons for this to stop?’
“What am I supposed to do without him? They took away my son’s life. I loved him so much. I sent him out to play football and he never came home,” the grieving Mum of 14-year-old Dea-John Reid said.