Teenager named in Handsworth murder
The teenager murdered in a brutal attack in Handsworth yesterday has been named as Keon Lincoln, as his family pay tribute to their 'beloved son.'
The 15-year-old died in hospital after being attacked with weapons on Linwood Road just after 3.30pm.
A 14-year-old boy arrested this morning on suspicion of murder, remains in custody as detectives continue their hunt for others involved.
We continue to appeal for witnesses and anyone else with information to come forward.
Keon's family have paid tribute to him, saying, "It is with profound grief that we announce the passing of our beloved Keon, who was senselessly taken from us on Thursday 21st January.
"Keon was a fun loving 15-year-old who was full of life and love for his family and friends. He had an infectious laugh that lit up the room whenever he was in it.
"The family is grateful for the kind support from everyone. We seek the public assistance from everyone. We seek the public assistance in sharing any information that will help the police bring justice for Keon and closure for his family. Again we thank you for your support and kindly ask us for privacy as we grieve this devastating loss."
Detective Chief Inspector Alastair Orencas, from the force’s homicide team, said: “The death of Keon has shocked the whole community and we have increased our patrols in the area.
“We are determined to apprehend those responsible for his death and bring them to justice, so I would personally appeal to anyone who is withholding information out of misguided loyalty to the offenders, to come forward. A teenage boy has died in the most violent of circumstances and we urge you to give us any information you have.”