Emotions were high at the packed vigil for the teen (Image: Ryan Underwood)

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Mourners wept in grief as huge crowds descended to honour the life of a 14-year-old who was tragically stabbed to death on Bank Holiday Monday.

Pictures showed hundreds of grief-stricken friends and relatives of 'irreplaceable' Dea-John gathered on Sunday night at the spot where he died.

Five people have been charged in connection with the alleged murder of the 14-year-old who was stabbed in the Kingstanding area of Birmingham at about 7.30pm on May 31.

There were scenes that were fraught with emotion tonight as devastated mourners cried and hugged each other.

Many wore clothing that had the slain boy's image emblazoned on it during the vigil aimed at honouring his memory. Balloons were launched into the sky in a touching tribute to the tragic teen.

Hundreds turned out to pay their respects
(Image: Ryan Underwood)

Dea-John's devastated mum Joan Morris, his brother Kirk Bryan and close relatives gathered with hundreds of people from across the city at the spot where the 14-year-old collapsed and died nearly a week ago.

Bishop Desmond Jaddoo, who has been supporting Dea-John’s family, led the attendees, some of whom brought candles, through a series of songs, readings, prayers and speeches calling for “no more violence and no more pain".

Andy Winmill, a youth worker, said: ”I live five minutes down the road.

“I’m here to honour Dea-John and stand with the community.

“It’s a tragedy. It’s dreadful to have a life taken at such a young age.”

A 29-year-old attendee added: “I want people to be aware of the fact they are kids and they are so vulnerable.

“We need solidarity and a sense of community and we need this to be the last of this kind of event.”

The balloons were released into the air at the end of the vigil.

Friends and relatives had urged for a peaceful event ahead of the vigil
(Image: Ryan Underwood)

It was held near the spot where the boy was killed
(Image: Ryan Underwood)

Speaking ahead of the vigil family friend Patrice Mendez, on behalf of Dea-John's mum Joan Morris, urged attendees to 'come in peace.'

Patrice said: "The loss, he cannot be replaced. We know people are angry, we understand that and we appreciate they the have love to give and it's maybe coming from a good place.

"We're just asking to regulate these emotions in a positive way so Dea-John's memory can live on in a positive way.

"We understand people are very angry, people are raw over the incident.

Devastated relatives have spoken of their grief
(Image: Ryan Underwood)

There were speeches before balloons were released into the sky
(Image: Ryan Underwood)

"We do not want a next mother to go through what Joan is going through.

"We want as a family for everybody to come together, all races, everybody to come together and stand in solidarity so we can start having these conversations (about knife crime)."

Speaking previously devastated mum Joan Morris told Birmingham Live that she sent Dea-John out to play football – but he never returned.

"My son is so talented. I miss my son, he was a lovely kid," she said.

Dae-John Reid, 14 died on May 31
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"He always gave me my medication, he made my tea. What am I supposed to do without him?

"I can't live without him. They've taken away my son's life, my son hasn't even grown up to give me a grandchild.

"What more must I do? I love my son so much. What more, more can I do, what more?"

Two more teenage boys have been charged with murder, police said.

West Midlands Police said a 14-year-old boy from Wolverhampton and a 16-year-old from Great Barr had been charged with murder and remanded in custody to appear at Birmingham Magistrates' Court tomorrow morning.

It brings the number of people charged in connection with Dea-John's death to five.

Another 14-year-old boy and two men, aged 35 and 38, have already appeared in court and been remanded in custody.

Michael Shields, 35, has been charged with Dea-John's murder and appeared in court on Thursday where he was remanded in custody.

George Khan, 38, was also last week charged with murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Mobberley said: "This has been a fast-paced investigation where officers have worked diligently to identify those suspected of being involved in Dea-John's murder.

"We are not currently seeking anyone else in connection with his tragic death, although we're still keen to hear from anyone with information.

"Even though we've secured charges our inquiries around what happened last Monday remain ongoing.

"I would like to thank the community who've been offering us great support for our investigation.

"We've kept Dea-John's family fully updated with developments during what has been an extremely traumatic time."