Another boy killed and more young boys find themselves going to young offenders unit. Two boys aged 14, a 15 and 16 year old remain in custody whilst another 14 year old was released under investigation.
We don’t know what life was like for poor Keon or the friends he was surrounded with or even the community he grew up but he is once again just another statistic, another young soul now dead and appears once again that just like most of these boys there is no father around.
The headline really should be “14 year old killed by kids“, more details below from the Birmingham Mail site…
Heartbroken Sharmaine Lincoln has told how she heard gunshots ringing out and thought: ‘Where’s my son?’
The mother of murdered schoolboy Keon Lincoln heard her son being shot outside her home.
Sharmaine Lincoln heard gunfire ring out as the 15-year-old was set upon by a gang in Linwood Road, Handsworth, at around 3.30pm on Thursday.
He was also stabbed in the attack and died shortly afterwards at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Speaking for the first time since the murder, Ms Lincoln said: “I heard the gunshots and my first instinct was, ‘Where’s my son?’
“A few minutes went by, we heard somebody was in the road and it was my boy.”
In an emotional appeal, MS Lincoln pleaded with the community for justice and to “help us understand why this has happened”.
Detectives have been granted extra time to question a 14-year-old boy arrested on Friday morning.
Another 14-year-old boy arrested later on Friday was released under investigation.
A third 14-year-old, was arrested from his home in Birmingham on Saturday night.
Two other boys, aged 15 and 16, were arrested from an address in Walsall in the early hours of Sunday.
Ms Lincoln said her son was a joker and cheeky – a “loving child with a jolly spirit” whose “unbelievable laugh” would echo daily around her home.
“It doesn’t make sense, the type of person Keon was, it doesn’t make sense as to why someone would want to harm him or take his life in such a brutal way,”
Det Chief Insp Alastair Orencas, who is leading the investigation, said the attack on Keon was “the most pointless use of extreme violence I’ve witnessed in my 24 years in the police force”.
“The level of violence has not just caused shock to the family, but to hardened police officers,” he said. “It was an absolutely pointless attack, one I can’t clear my mind of.”
He added: “These are multiple offenders in broad daylight. I simply don’t believe there’s not information out there that can help me with the inquiry.