Heartbreak at Jaylen Scalurd's funeral

Some attending the funeral cried aloud as they viewed the 10-year-old’s body in a tiny coffin.

Jaylen Sculard (10) was shot and killed by a stray bullet outside his family home during a gang shooting in Beacon Valley on 17 July 2014. Picture: Abed Ahmed/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Ten-year-old Mitchells Plain boy Jaylen Scalurd, who lost his life after being caught in gang crossfire, is being laid to rest this afternoon.

He was hit by a stray bullet in a drive-by shooting outside his Beacon Valley home last week.

He later died in hospital.

Scalurd's family, friends and classmates filled the Baptist Church near his home this morning.

Some cried aloud as they viewed the young boy's body in the tiny coffin that stood in the front of the church.

His classmates from Alpine Primary School also placed pictures of him by his coffin.

Community members say they're still shocked by the loss of an innocent child's life as a result of gang violence.

Meanwhile, the three men accused of his murder have appeared in the Mitchells Plain Magistrate's Court this week.

They are due to make another court appearance next month.