Taegrin Morris to be buried today

The Reiger Park community has pledged its support to Taegrin Morris’s family ahead of his funeral.

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 - Members of the Reiger Park community say they will support Taegrin Morris's family as they prepare to bury him today.

The four-year-old boy was dragged for a long distance behind his parents' hijacked car last weekend.

He was left hanging halfway out of the car in his safety belt when the robbers made off with the vehicle.

One Reiger Park woman says locals are united in grief.

"It is amazing how Reiger Park just become one after Taegrin's death. And the initiatives that everybody did, words cannot describe."


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.