Reiger Park family want killers to suffer
Taegrin Morris died after being dragged behind a hijacked car on 19 July.
JOHANNESBURG - The family of Taegrin Morris, who died after being dragged next to a hijacked vehicle in Reiger Park, say they want the attackers to suffer just like he did.
The four-year-old was dragged behind his parents' stolen vehicle for several kilometres on Saturday as the gunmen sped off with him still strapped in with a seat belt.
He died a short while later and his body was discovered near the abandoned car.
The family say they and others in their community are ready to take the law into their own hands if they should ever see the attackers.
Morris's aunt Debra Boards says they want the killers to face justice.
"If it was me, I would do exactly the same to them as what they did to our child," she said, describing her difficulty in dealing with the loss.
Eyewitness News has seen a text message which is circulating among community members promising to avenge the killing of the young boy.
The message reads as follows:
[sic] In support of Teagrin Morris and his family let's all wear black on Friday
We also need to send a strong message to the hijackers
Keep your filthy hands of our children. Hope the police find them first before the community of Reiger Park finds them.
MOB JUSTICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Let's make an example!!!!!!!!!!Our justice system is failing us, let's unite
Forward this e-mail to as many RP residents as possible
Police are now looking into the SMS threat.
At the same time, authorities confirmed earlier today that a man had been taken in for questioning over the incident.
Police say they believe he will be useful to their investigation but say he isn't being treated as a suspect in the crime.
Gauteng Premier David Makhura, who has expressed shock and outrage over the incident, has ordered investigators to move quickly in bringing the perpetrators to justice.