Two teenage boys have been arrested in connection with the murder of a 14-year-old boy who was being chased and… stabbed to death after playing soccer.
Dea-John Reid, 14, was murdered on College Road in the Kingstanding area of Birmingham at about 7.30pm on Monday.
Today, West Midlands Police said officers had arrested a 14-year-old from Wolverhampton and a 16-year-old from Great Barr in Birmingham.
The police said the two teens were arrested on suspicion of murder and taken into police custody for questioning.
It comes as a 14-year-old boy and two men, aged 38 and 35, appeared in court yesterday on charges of murdering Dea-John.
Dea-John Reid (left and right), 14, was stabbed in the Kingstanding area of Birmingham around 7:30 p.m. Monday
A police tent is set up in the area as forensic teams conduct their investigations in the area
Michael Shields, 35, from Castle Bromwich, appeared before Birmingham Crown Court on Friday and is charged with the teen’s murder.
He will appear before the same court on August 5 for a plea hearing and a preliminary trial date has been set for February 28 next year.
Two other suspects, 38-year-old George Khan, from Birmingham, and a 14-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also appeared in the city’s court on Friday.
They were held in police custody until Tuesday, where they will appear before the Birmingham Crown Court.
Police said a post-mortem examination confirmed Dea-John died of a stab wound to the chest.
Yesterday, Dea-John’s mother, Joan Morris, stood where her son died and paid an emotional tribute to the 14-year-old.
Mrs. Morris, who was supported by other family members, said: ‘My son is so talented. I miss my son, he was a sweet child.
“He always gave me my medicine, he made my tea. He gave me everything I need. What do I do without him?’
A police officer stands near the scene on College Road, Kingstanding, after the teen’s death
Mother Joan Morris spoke of her heartbreaking loss as she stood on the College Road site in Kingstanding, West Midlands, yesterday.
She continued: ‘I can’t live without him. They took my son’s life, my son didn’t even grow up to give me a grandchild.
‘What else should I do? I love my son so much. What more can I do, more, what more?’
Police are looking for information about a car believed to have been used in the incident.
The suspects probably arrived and left in a dark blue VW Golf with registration number TN07 GBR.
Officers attempted to locate the vehicle, but to date it has not been found.
Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Mobberley said: ‘We really need to track down this VW Golf and I would urge anyone who believes they have seen the car or know where it is located to contact us.
“It could be crucial to the investigation, so if anyone has any information, please message us or give us a call.
‘People can call anonymously, we don’t need their name, just information.
“We are using all avenues of investigation to find anyone else involved in Dea-John’s tragic death and anyone with 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 had previously said there was “nothing to indicate” that the stabbing was racially motivated.