Two teenagers have been charged with murder after a 15-year-old boy was killed in a gun and knife attack.
Keon Lincoln was shot and stabbed in broad daylight in Handsworth, Birmingham, nine days ago in what police described as “gratuitous use of violence.”
The schoolboy died at Birmingham Children’s Hospital after he was attacked on January 21 by a group of up to six people, leaving the community reeling.
Police confirmed they had charged two children, boys aged 15 and 14, from Birmingham and Walsall respectively, with murder on Saturday.
They were remanded in custody and will appear before magistrates in Birmingham on Monday. They cannot be named for legal reasons.
Detective Chief Inspector Alastair Orencas, from West Midlands Police homicide unit, said: “The death of Keon has left so many devastated.
“The whole community has felt the pain of losing a 15-year-old boy with his life in front of him.
“These charges are a significant milestone in our investigation but we continue to leave no stone unturned to get justice for Keon.
“Our enquiries remain ongoing and we still need you to come forward and tell us what you know. It could prove crucial in this investigation.”
Officers have asked the public for help and want any witnesses who saw a white Ford S Max – which is suspected of being the getaway vehicle – to contact them. It crashed soon afterwards in a nearby street.
Keon’s mum Sharmaine Lincoln has revealed how she heard the gunshots that killed him.
She described his murder as senseless and “every parent’s worst nightmare”.
Ms Lincoln said her son was “fun-loving, full of life and cheeky” and added: “His laugh was unbelievable.
“Not a day would go by where you wouldn’t hear it.
“Come forward to help us … help us to understand why this has happened. It doesn’t make sense to us.
‘The type of person Keon was it doesn’t make sense as to why anybody would want to harm him, or take his life in such a brutal way.”
Sharmaine recently led a vigil at the scene of the crime when dozens gathered as people laid flowers and family friend and pastor Neville Popo urged the community to come together in light of Keon’s death.
Describing it as “heartbreaking”, he told crowds: “Life is not about this. We shouldn’t be standing here now but we’re here and we’re supporting Sharmaine in the best way possible.
“I am saying to all young men, don’t look at this as an opportunity to pay vengeance upon this life.
“Let’s respect life and let’s let things be done in the way that it should be done – that the culprits will be brought to justice and that we can live our lives without fear.”