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Tibbetts's family describe his final moments

Tibbetts was shot in the head by a stray bullet in a suspected incident of gang violence.

FILE: Luke Tibbetts was shot in the head by a stray bullet while sitting on his mother's lap at the back of a vehicle transporting them in Westbury on Saturday in a suspected gang-related incident. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The family of three-year-old Luke Tibbetts says they were at his bedside when he passed away.

Tibbetts was shot in the head by a stray bullet while sitting on his mother's lap at the back of a vehicle transporting them in Westbury on Saturday in a suspected gang-related incident.

The incident sparked widespread outrage across the country and has prompted calls for harsher penalties to be taken against those who commit crimes against children.

Luke's uncle Llewellyn Valentine earlier confirmed that the three-year old boy had died.

He said no machines were switched off and said the toddler died while on life support.

"We thank everyone for their support. I was at his bedside when he passed away. I held him in my arms."

Tibbetts has been described by family, friends and the community as an angel, adorable and a loveable child.

On Monday, Luke's peers and members of the Westbury community marched to the Sophiatown Police Station demanding justice for the toddler.

They were hoping he would make a full recovery.

Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the shooting - Lindray Khaku and Keenan Mokwena.

Mokwena was arrested on Wednesday following police investigations and statements implicating him.

He appeared briefly in the Newlands Magistrates Court on Thursday but was not charged with attempted murder as expected, but with pointing a firearm.

Both accused will be back in court next week but will appear separately.

The incident comes just three weeks after the death of four-year-old Taegrin Morris who was killed in a hijacking in Boksburg after he was dragged behind his parents' hijacked car.

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