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Cape gang victim laid to rest

Family and friends said their last goodbyes to 18-year-old Glenrico Martin at a funeral in Manenberg.

The entrance to Spes Bona High School in Athlone after a matriculant was shot in the head. Picture: Chanel September/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The funeral service of Spes Bona High School matriculants, Glenrico Martin, took place in Manenberg on Saturday morning.

Martin was confronted by three men on the school premises more than a week ago and was shot in the head

Martin died in Groote Schuur Hospital on Wednesday..

Two suspects have since been arrested in connection with his murder.

The motive for the shooting incident remains unclear but there is speculation it may be gang related.

Tensions ran high outside the NG Kerk in Manenberg.

Groups of rival gangs could be seen flanking the street.

Family members wept as they greeted those who arrived to pay their respects.

Some of Martin's peers dressed in their school uniforms and comforted one another as they shared some of their fondest memories of the 18-year-old teen.

More than 20 people have been killed in suspected gang related incidents across the Cape during this month alone.

In the most recent incident, 49-year-old Hard Livings gang member, Donovan Uys and a friend were shot and killed in Maneberg on Thursday night.

Residents in gang-riddled areas including Mitchells Plain, Lavender Hill and Manenberg said they are constantly living in fear.

Meanwhile, scores of community members and religious leaders marched through the streets of Mitchells Plain on Saturday to pray for an end to gang-violence.

The Mitchells Plain Community Policing Forum (CPF)'s AB Isaacs said the gang wars must come to an end.

"We're having a prayer of hope march throughout three sectors in Mitchells Plain, specifically concentrating on the Tafelsig area where gang-violence has been immanent over the past month."