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Last respects for Taegrin Morris

Thousands of mourners packed a local community hall to pay their last respects.

Four-year-old Taegrin Morris was killed after being dragged behind his parent's hijacked vehicle in Reiger Park, Boksburg, on 19 July 2014.

JOHANNESBURG - Thousands of Reiger Park residents have paid their last respects to Taegrin Morris who died during a car hijacking last Saturday.

The four-year-old boy was still strapped to his seat when the hijackers drove off, leaving him hanging from the car.

No arrests have been made.

There was energetic singing and dancing as thousands of mourners packed a local community hall to pay their last respects to Taegrin.

His teacher described him as a precious soul who will always be in her heart.

"He would charm the dogs and the teachers. If he didn't want to do work he would promise you the world."

The mood was sombre, a clear indication the crime has shaken the community.

Residents say Taegrin's death has renewed their efforts to fight crime in their community.

"We say enough is enough."

Yesterday National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega said South Africa was in the midst of a "new struggle" against the types of hardened criminals who continued to terrorise communities.

Phiyega said South Africans could not cede control to criminals.

She added criminals must not be allowed a moment's comfort while citizens lived in fear.

Video: Taegrin Morris remembered.