Boy, 14, chased and stabbed to death by 'gang' had been 'racially abused' moments before knifing, cops say

A TEENAGE boy knifed to death by a gang had been racially abused in the moments before the attack, it's claimed.

Dea-John Reid, 14, is believed to have been targeted by thugs while he was out with friends shortly before he died.

And before he lost his life in a brawl on Monday, he allegedly told cops he'd received death threats over Snapchat. It's claimed officers failed to arrange a meeting to protect him after he made a complaint.

Tonight, police have confirmed they're investigating allegations that Dea-John was the target of racist abuse on the night he died.

A probe has been launched by a police watchdog.

Detective Chief Inspector Stu Mobberley from West Mids Police said: “New information is coming into the enquiry all the time and being assessed.

“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."

He said murder cops are investigating previous incidents involving the young victim.

Detectives have arrested four men aged 33, 35, 36 and 38, and two boys aged 13 and 14, on suspicion of murder.

It came after seven suspects were seen running away after a fight broke out between two big groups near a McDonald’s in Birmingham.

Police and paramedics were called after the 7.30pm knifing in the Kingstanding area.

Despite their efforts, Dea-John couldn't be saved.

Witnesses said he was seen running away from a group of people before collapsing in the road.


A pathologist has confirmed he died from a stab wound to the chest.

Dea-John's family have released a heartbreaking 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?”

Community activist Desmond Jaddoo comforted the boy’s mother after the incident.

He said yesterday: "I was here last night with the boy's mother and friends who had gathered and they were naturally inconsolable.

"She has lost her 14-year-old boy who had his whole life ahead of him and will never return home.”

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