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Tokai teen murder: Westlake community calls for justice

3 suspects were arrested in connection with the teen’s killing & are expected to appear in court on Friday.

About 3000 people attended a vigil for Franziska Blöchliger at Tokai Forest in Cape Town to pay their respects with notes and flowers. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN
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CAPE TOWN – A Westlake community leader is calling for justice following the murder of a teenage girl.

Sixteen-year-old Franziska Blöchliger’s body was found early this week in Tokai forest.

Last night, close to a 1,000 people gathered at the forest to show their support for the girl’s family and to speak out against crime.

Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the teen’s killing and are expected to appear in court tomorrow.

Residents from Tokai and neighbouring communities gathered in Dennedal Road, some singing and others praying quietly. 

Nkululeko Badini, one of the organisers who’s from the Westlake Community Foundation, said the three suspects who've been arrested in connection with the murder are from Westlake.

“Whoever has done this thing must be brought to books, that’s the feeling that we’re crying for as the community.”

Another Westlake resident Wayne September, says he attended the gathering for the Blöchliger family and others like them who've been affected by crime.

“As a community we came out to support the family because apparently the perpetrators are from the Westlake, and as Westlake we don’t condone this. 

“We support one another. What happened to that innocent child can happen to any of our children and we need to put a stop to it.”

Badini said the community will continue rallying behind the family.

On Tuesday, Franziska’s parents Florian and Shireen, opened up to journalists as they recounted the events that led to the discovery of their daughter’s body.

“I received an SMS to say that they had found her. I rushed to Tokai forest and the ambulance was in front of us. We assumed that everything was okay.”

Her father was overcome with emotion as he spoke about her death.

“My daughter was ripped out of this world unexpectedly … There’s no sense. Crime is coming closer and closer and I never expected it to rip right into my heart, so close.”

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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