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Mourners bid farewell to Tibbetts and van Wyk

Two communities have said goodbye to three-year-old boys who both fell victim to crime.

"Funeral service for Luke Tibbetts. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Two communities have said goodbye to two three-year-old boys who both fell victim to crime.

Luke Tibbetts' funeral was in Longdale yesterday while Cuburne van Wyk was laid to rest in Reiger Park.

Tibbetts was shot in the head while sitting on his mother's lap in Westbury two weeks ago.

Van Wyk's partially burnt body was discovered in Reiger Park last weekend.

Suspects have been arrested in both cases.

Last month another family laid to rest four-year-old Taegrin Morris after he was dragged to death next to his mother's hijacked vehicle in Reiger Park.

Tibbett's mother Candice said she would do anything just to hold her son again.

During the funeral service she remembered how her two sons made a pact to be there for each other through thick and thin.

"I can still see them with their arms around each other promising to be there for each other."

Van Wyk's father Elroy Peterson said his son will be missed.

"Maybe he was going to be a magistrate or a president or a doctor."

Video: Van Wyk's parents speak out.

Government said the deaths of the boys must not be in vain and communities must now work together to fight the war against crime.