‘Black Friday’: Taegrin Morris remembered

Reiger Park residents marched the route along which the four-year-old was dragged by hijackers.

A photograph of Taegrin Morris is strung to a fence outside his home for a march in memory of the boy who was killed in a tragic hijacking, 25 July 2014. Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The parents of slain four-year-old Taegrin Morris on Friday thanked South Africans for the support they received since he was killed in a hijacking at the weekend.

The boy's parents were forced out of the car but the child wasn't fast enough and was caught in a seatbelt.

The hijackers then drove away and Morris was dragged for several kilometres.

Hundreds of community members on Friday gathered along the route which the car travelled to commemorate what they dubbed as Black Friday.

School pupils from across Boksburg gathered outside Morris's family home in Reiger Park to pay their last respects.

#BlackFriday Taegrin's pre-school mates have also come to join the march pic.twitter.com/rKPQbc0tbL

Community members will walk almost eight kilometres from the house on Daisy Street to the point where Morris's body was found.

Residents say the march is their way of taking a stand against crime.

Locals called on all South Africans to join them in wearing black.

They say 'Black Friday' not only represents mourning but is also a sign of unity.

The boy's family members say they are surprised by the number of people who joined the march.

His grandmother baked muffins for the crowd, saying it is through the community's support that her family has been able to endure this difficult time.

"We were a separated nation," she said, "But now this child of ours has made us one."

Police say they hope to make a breakthrough in the case soon and asked the community to trust them instead of taking the law into their own hands.