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'Reiger Park struggling with gangsterism'

Four year-old Taegrin Morris, who was dragged behind a hijacked car, was laid to rest today in Reiger Park.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Four-year-old Taegrin Morris has been laid to rest.

The young boy was dragged for more than eight kilometers behind his mother's hijacked car last Saturday.

His funeral was held today in Boksburg.

"A large crowd of relatives, friends and community members gathered at the grave site. Some sobbed as Taegrin Morris's casket was lowered into his grave.

The small coffin was decorated with toys as the little boy loved cars.

Morris's father Alwyn and mother Chantel released white doves. The family say the boy's death must bring peace to the Reiger Park community which is struggling to deal with gangsterism and drugs.

BLACK FRIDAY: TAEGRIN MORRIS REMEMBERED

The parents of the slain four-year-old on Friday thanked South Africans for the support they received since he was killed.

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 as well and locals called on all South Africans to join them in wearing black.

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

Morris's 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.