Keon Lincoln murder: Boy's mother makes emotional plea to find his killers

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The mother of a teenage boy who died after being shot and stabbed in Birmingham said her "heart has been ripped out" as she made an emotional plea for help in finding his killers.

Keon Lincoln, 15, was attacked by a "group of youths" in the Handsworth area of the city just after 3.30pm on Thursday, West Midlands Police say.

He died later that day in Birmingham Children's Hospital.

His mother Sharmaine described his murder as "every parent's worst nightmare" and said it "doesn't make sense".

She also said she heard the gunshots that killed him.

"My first instinct was 'where's my son?' Those were the first words I said.

"Then a few minutes went by - I found out that there was somebody up the road and... it was my boy."

She continued: "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.

"I've lost a part of me, my heart has been ripped out of me. How do you live after your child has been taken away from you?

"He can't have been taken like this and nobody is punished for it."

Sitting next to Keon's twin sister Kiarah as she held her hand, Ms Lincoln described her son as "full of life, loving and cheeky".

"He had a lot of love for his family and friends. He was a loving child," she said.

"His laugh was unbelievable, not a day would go by when you wouldn't hear it."

Appealing for witnesses, she said between tears: "We need clarity. We need to understand why it's happened."

Detectives have arrested five teenagers - three 14-year-olds, a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old - in connection with Keon's death.

Four remain in custody, while one of the 14-year-olds has been released pending investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Alastair Orencas, who is leading the investigation, said it is the most "pointless" use of extreme violence he has seen.

"In the 24 years that I've been serving in the police service, and I don't say this lightly, this is the most gratuitous use of violence seeing a combination of knife and gun attack which ultimately killed Keon," he said.

"We know that the nature of this crime where it involves a young man that has lost his life and young men that have committed the crime means that the information and intelligence is highly likely to rest with the younger community, but also their parents.

"I know it's not easy to come forward but there is a moral obligation - imagine this was your friend or your son, you've got to come forward."

"There are multiple offenders involved in broad daylight," he added.

"I simply don't believe there isn't information out there that can help me with the inquiry."

Anyone with any information can contact West Midlands Police via Live Chat on their website or by calling 101.

Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.