Birmingham boy, 16, killed in Ladywood shooting is named as heartbroken mum pays tribute

A teenage boy is fighting for his life after he was shot in a Bonfire Night attack in Birmingham. (Credit: Anita Maric / SWNS)
A teenage boy is fighting for his life after he was shot in a Bonfire Night attack in Birmingham. (Credit: Anita Maric / SWNS)

A teenage boy who died two days after sustaining a gunshot wound has been named today (November 12) as 16-year-old Diego Henry.

Diego’s heartbroken mother has said: “My son Diego Henry, was a pleasant and well-mannered young man, who would easily put a smile on anyone’s face.  Diego will be sadly missed by his mother, father, siblings and exceedingly large circle of family and friends. Diego always expressed a passion for music and would be seen singing, dancing or rapping wherever he was.

“The circumstances surrounding Diego’s death is shocking for all, but the family would like to extend their gratitude to everyone for their continuous support, prayers and well wishes.”

Police at the rear of flats on Lighthorne Avenue in Ladywood, Birmingham. November 6, 2023.  Release date – November 6, 2023.  See SWNS story SWBNshot.  A 16-year-old boy is fighting for his life in hospital after being critically injured in a Bonfire night shooting in Birmingham.  Emergency services were called after the teenager suffering gunshot wounds on Lighthorne Avenue, Ladywood, at 12.30pm yesterday (Sun).  He was taken to hospital in a critical condition while detectives launched a manhunt for the gunman.  West Midlands Police have urged anyone with information to get in contact and said patrols had been stepped up in the area.  A force spokesperson said:

Detectives are continuing to piece together what happened on Sunday 5 November when Diego was found at an address in Lighthorne Avenue, Ladywood around 12.30pm.

It was during the course of this investigation that officers searching shrubland at the nearby canal discovered the body of a 17-year-old boy. A forensic post mortem examination is due to take place tomorrow to determine the cause of his death. Although linked to the murder of Diego, West Midlands Police said they are not looking for anyone else in relation to his death.

A 17-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of Diego’s murder remains on police bail.

West Midlands Police statement

Detective Supt Shaun Edwards, from the police homicide team, said: “This is a complex investigation and a tragic set of circumstances. My sympathies truly remain with the families of both boys.

“We are pursuing several lines of enquiry, but we still ask that anyone who has information, and hasn’t spoken to us, should contact us.

“We have increased our uniformed patrols in the area to offer reassurance to the community, please speak to them if you have any concerns.”