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Birmingham: Keon Lincoln named as 15-year-old boy killed in gang attack

Written by on 22/01/2021

A teenager killed in a street attack in Birmingham has been named as 15-year-old Keon Lincoln.

The teenager was “set upon” by a gang of youths with weapons on Linwood Road in Handsworth just after 3.30pm on Thursday, according to West Midlands Police.

He was taken to hospital but died of his injuries shortly afterwards, the force added.

A post-mortem examination to establish the cause of death is due to be held.

A 14-year-old boy was arrested on Friday morning on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody.

The scene remains cordoned off while investigators continue to carry out a forensic examination.

Witnesses said they heard gunshots being fired and the suspects were armed with knives.

Officers believe the group fled in a white car which crashed into a house in Wheeler Street, in the Lozells area of the city.

Keon’s family described him as a “fun-loving” person who had “an infectious laugh that lit up the room whenever he was in it”.

They urged witnesses or anyone with information to come forward “that will help the police bring justice for Keon” who they said had been “senselessly taken from us”.

“The family is grateful for the kind support from everyone… as we grieve this devastating loss,” they added.

Detective Chief Inspector Alastair Orencas 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.”

Witnesses and anyone with information can contact police on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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