THE devastated mum of a 14-year-old boy who was stabbed to death has spoken of her grief at the scene where he died, saying: “I can’t live without him.”
Speaking through tears, grieving Joan Morris revealed her son Dea-John Reid had gone out to play football on Bank Holiday Monday – but never returned home.
The teenager was chased and knife to death outside a McDonald's at around 7.30pm in the Kingstanding area of Birmingham.
Supported by members of her family, his mum Joan said: “My son is so talented. I miss my son, he was a lovely kid.
“He always gave me my medication, he made my tea. What am I supposed to do without him? I can’t live without him.
“They’ve taken away my son’s life, my son hasn’t even grown up to give me a grandchild.”
She added: “What more must I do? I love my son so much. What more, more can I do, what more?”
It comes after a 14-year-old boy became one of three charged with Dea-John’s murder.
George Khan, 38, from Birmingham, and the lad, 14, were yesterday charged with the schoolboy’s murder.
Both Khan and the teenager – who cannot be named for legal reasons due to his age – are set to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court today.
What am I supposed to do without him? I can’t live without him."
It follows the charging of another man, 35-year-old Michael Shields, from Castle Bromwich, who is now in prison on remand having appeared in court on Thursday.
Two men, aged 36 and 33, and a 13-year-old boy have been released with no further action, the force said.
Cops are now hunting a car which they believe the offenders arrived and left the scene in.
Officers have been trying to locate a dark blue VW Golf with the registration number TN07 GBR, but so far have not been able to.
Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Mobberley from WMP's Homicide Unit, 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."
A pathologist 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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