Birmingham Shooting Victim Was About To Be A Dad

The family of a man shot and killed in Birmingham this week say he was due to become a father.

18-year-old Kenichi Phillips died in St Marks Crescent in Ladywood on Thursday evening.

A post mortem examination has confirmed he died from a gunshot wound.

A 22-year-old man arrested on suspicion of his murder has been released on bail after being questioned by officers.

His father's released a tribute saying his son was "only 18 years old - and will not get a chance to see his son born"

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He said: "Kenichi was only 18 years old. He was a great grandson, a grandson, a cousin, nephew, brother, son and friend who was loved and will not get the chance to see his son born."

Detective Superintendent Mark Payne continues to appeal for information about the shooting. He said: "This happened in the early evening at a time when people were returning home from work and children may have been playing outside. Innocent people going about their daily business could easily have been caught up in this.

"It’s shocking, totally unacceptable. We need to get the person responsible, and the weapon they’ve used, off the streets as soon as possible. If anyone saw what happened, or suspects they know who is responsible, please call us so we can take action.

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"We understand several people may have been in the area at the time of the shooting or saw the immediate aftermath. They could have vital information so I would ask them to call us in confidence - or they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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