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Gang violence victim laid to rest

Final respects paid to an eight-year-old-boy who died in crossfire.

An eight-year-old boy, who was killed by gangs in Steenberg, was laid to rest on 28 June 2012. Picture: Nathan Adams/EWN
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CAPE TOWN - The eight-year-old boy who was shot dead in a gang crossfire in Steenberg on Wednesday night has been laid to rest.

Mogamat Junaid McKenzie died shortly after he was admitted to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.

A 34-year-old woman was also wounded in the same incident.

Residents say gangs shoot at each other daily.

Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer said police were maintaining a high presence in the area.

“We are busy with the investigation. The boy was shot in the head during a crossfire. Gangs are shooting randomly in the area. We did make arrests and confiscated some firearms.”

Many parents have been forced to send their children away during the school holidays because they fear for their lives.

Areas including Grassy Park, Lavender Hill and Hanover Park have been battling to combat gang violence.

However, Lamoer believes that reinstating specialised gang units is not the answer.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)

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