Devastated mum says her heart was 'ripped out' as she heard gunshots that claimed her 14-year-old son's life in 'ambush'

A MUM today sobbed as she revealed hearing the gunshots that claimed her 14-year-old son's life as he was gunned down outside their family home.

Schoolboy Keon Lincoln was shot and knifed in the "brutal" ambush attack in Birmingham last week.


Five boys aged between 14 and 16 have since been arrested over the horror killing – with Keon's devastated mum today begging to understand why her son had been targeted.

Breaking down in tears, Sharmaine Lincoln said: "I heard what happened.

"I heard the gunshots and my first instinct was 'where's my son?' Those were my words.

"A few minutes went by, we heard somebody was in the road and it was my boy."

Sharmaine paid tribute to her teen son as a "joker" who loved to sing and play video games.

She said: “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? It’s every parent’s worst nightmare.

“What he could have done to warrant this type of brutality doesn’t make sense. He can’t have been taken like this and nobody is punished for it.”

The horrific scenes had unfolded on Thursday last week with Keon dying in hospital hours after the attack.

A source previously told the Sun: “This was a gangland execution that was pre-planned. The poor lad did not stand a chance.”


Four boys aged 16, 15 and two 14-year-olds remain in custody for questioning, while another 14-year-old has been released under investigation. 

Detective Chief Inspector Alastair Orencas, who is leading the investigation, said:  “The answer to this investigation lies in the community.

“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. 

“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.”

Police can be contacted via Live Chat on their website or by calling 101. Information can be given via the dedicated portal or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 

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