Dea-John Reid: Two teenagers arrested in connection with murder of 14-year-old

Dea-John Reid was chased and stabbed in the Kingstanding area of Birmingham. Credit: West Midlands Police

Two teenage boys have been arrested in connection with the murder of a 14-year-old who was chased and stabbed to death.

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

West Midlands Police said officers acted on information and detained a 14-year-old from Wolverhampton and 16-year-old from Great Barr on Saturday morning.

The force said the two teenagers were arrested on suspicion of murder and taken into police custody for questioning.


The family of Dea-John have appealed for calm in the community after the 14-year-old's death. Police say it follows social media rumours encouraging trouble in retribution for the teenager's death.

Dea-John Reid died from a stab wound to the chest.

His mother, Joan Morris, paid an emotional tribute to her "talented young man" on Thursday.

"I sent my son to go and play football, and he didn't come home, what am I suppose to do, my son is a talented young man?," she said.

"I miss my son so much, he was a lovely kid. He always gave me my medication, he made my tea, he gave me everything that I need.

"What am I supposed to do without him, I can't live without my son."


  • Joan Morris pays tribute to her son Dea-John Reid after he was fatally stabbed


Three people have already been charged over the killing of Dea-John.

Michael Shields, 35, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday charged with the youngster’s murder.

Shields, from Alvis Walk in Castle Bromwich, will appear at the same court for a plea hearing on August 5 and a provisional trial date has been set for February 28 next year.

Two other suspects, 38-year-old George Khan, from Newstead Road, Birmingham, and a 14-year-old youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at the city’s magistrates’ court on Friday.

They were remanded into custody until Tuesday where they will appear at Birmingham Crown Court.

The force said a post-mortem examination confirmed Dea-John died from a stab wound to the chest.

Police say their enquiries into Dea-John's death continue and anyone with information can contact the force via live chat or by calling 101.