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Taegrin Morris laid to rest

The four-year-old was buried in Reiger Park today after being dragged to his death 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 - Friends and family of four-year-old Taegrin Morris have paid their last respects at a funeral service in Reiger Park this morning.

Young Taegrin passed away after being dragged to his death as hijackers sped off in his parents' car earlier this month.

He was trapped in his seatbelt.

A group of children gathered around Morris's small wooden coffin, holding candles this morning.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura also attended the funeral. He says he shares in the family's grief.

"Calling for mama to help and these are the cries that the heartless killers [heard]. Because they are heartless, they couldn't listen to him."

The four-year-old boy's parents were comforted by close friends and relatives.

Speakers hailed the little boy as a hero as they bid an emotional farewell to him.

BLACK FRIDAY

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.