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Mourners lined the streets today to say their final goodbyes to schoolboy Dea-John Reid who was stabbed to death in May.

About 120 family members, friends and school pals paid their respects for the 14-year-old outside the New Testament Church in Lozells, Birmingham.

The emotional service has been described as a "celebration of his life", Birmingham Live reports.

The service started this morning at 11am with a minutes' silence.

Powerful images from today show grief-stricken mourners all wearing purple as a symbol of peace.

Pals were seen holding signs with Dea-John's name as they stood on the side of the road.

Images from the scene show devastated mum Joan Morris walking in front of the horse-drawn carriage carrying her son's white coffin down the street.

Mum Joan Morris (right) leading the cortege at the funeral of her son Dea-John Reid at the New Testament Church of God in Lozells, Birmingham
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It was covered in wreaths that read "Son", "Brother", "Dea-John" and of a football.

The lad's coffin was taken to the church for a formal service that featured the hymns "Amazing Grace" and "I Went To The Throne Of God".

Six pallbearers wore purple tunics with photos of Dea-John in their lapels as they carried the coffin into the church.

Dea-John Reid, 14, was fatally stabbed in May
(Image: West Midlands Police / SWNS.COM)

The 90-minute service was opened by Bishop Desmond Jaddoo, who has been supporting the schoolboy's family.

Heartbreaking tributes were made by his brother Kirk Bryan, Sarah Ross from Harborne Academy and Joan.

In a tribute from Joan, which was read out by a family friend, she said: "I can't believe it has been six tragic weeks since the death of my baby son Dea-John."

Mourners carry Dea-John's coffin into the church
(Image: Nick Wilkinson\Birmingham live)

It continued: "Dea-John I miss you asking you to make a cup of tea for me, giving me my medication, checking on me, adding photos to my Facebook page and I miss hearing your voice saying 'get with the flow'.

"So many people came to your vigil it was like you were a celebrity which I know you would loved."

Dea-John's body was taken to the church in a horse-drawn carriage as part of the funeral service
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Kirk said: "Brothers can never be apart and love you forever and miss you more than words can express."

Due to Covid restrictions, the service was not open to the public, but there was a live-stream.

Dea-John's body will be laid to rest at Thimblemill Cemetery in Smethwick.

Yesterday, Bishop Jaddoo said: "Tomorrow is a day we set aside all the circumstances of what has happened and we focus on the fact that a mother has lost her son and a community is in mourning.

A wreath next to the coffin spelling Dea-John's name as the carriage goes to the church for the funeral service
(Image: Nick Wilkinson\Birmingham live)

"A family is in mourning, friends are in mourning, a school is in mourning.

"We really want to focus on that tomorrow and just lay him to rest in the most dignified, loving way we can.

"We want to focus on who he was and what he meant to everyone."

Yesterday, Joan thanked the community for the outpour of support her family have received.

Heartbroken pals line the streets with signs to say goodbye to Dea-John
(Image: SWNS)

More than a 1,000 people attended a vigil for Dea-John last month in the spot where he died.

Mourners released balloons and sang prayers and songs and listened to speeches calling for “no more violence and no more pain".

The teen suffered fatal stab wounds at about 7.30pm on the Bank Holiday Monday on May 31.

Five people have been charged in connection with his death.