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Man, 35, charged with murder of Birmingham teenager stabbed to death

A 35-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a teenager who was chased and stabbed to death, police have said.

Dea-John Reid, 14, was killed on College Road in the Kingstanding area of Birmingham at about 7.30pm on Monday.

Michael Shields, from Alvis Walk in Castle Bromwich, will appear at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on Thursday morning, West Midlands Police said.

A 38-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy remain in custody for questioning, while two men, aged 36 and 33, and a 13-year-old boy have been released with no further action, the force added.

Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Mobberley said: “This is a significant step forward in our investigation, but we are still pursuing all lines of enquiry 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.”

A family tribute to the teenager, released earlier this week, thanked the public “for their outpouring of love and support”.

“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,” it said.

“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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