The body of 17-year-old Jaydon Beckford was found near a canal leading off Lighthorne Avenue, five days later. A gun which was also discovered in the same area as Jaydon, was retrieved and is being forensically examined.
Police are linking the deaths of the two youths and still investigating the double tragedy. Meanwhile, separate inquests into their deaths were opened and adjourned by Birmingham and Solihull Coroners Court on Thursday, November 16.
A further hearing for Diego is scheduled on March 18, 2024. His mother paid tribute to him in a statement which read: “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.”
Through police, Jaydon’s family released a statement to their "cherished son". It read: “Jaydon had such a sharp wit that could make anyone burst into laughter.
Jaydon was so transparent; you always knew where you stood with him.
"He was not afraid to speak his mind and be true to himself and tell those he loved that he loved them every day. Whether it was cracking jokes or sharing his thoughts, Jaydon was always a joy to be around and spend time with which is reflected in his family and friends who adored him.
"Jaydon's cheeky smile and infectious loving nature will be remembered by those who loved him dearly. Jaydon was a cherished son, a loved nephew, an adored grandson, godson.
"Loved by all. A full life in short years that will leave a lifetime of lasting memories.”
Det Insp Gavin Green of West Midlands Police said: “This is a complex investigation and a tragic set of circumstances. My sympathies truly remain with the families of both boys. The investigation is ongoing and we ask that anyone who has information, and hasn’t spoken to us, should contact us.”
Anyone with information should contact police via Live Chat or call 101 quoting log 1632 of November 5.