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Delft shooting: Community needs to work with police

Grade 12 learner Lorenzo de Kock was gunned down allegedly by gangsters in Delft.

FILE: Lorenzo de Kock was shot and killed allegedly by gangsters. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The aunt of a murdered Cape Town youth believes her nephew's killers could be traced quicker if the community was willing to work with police.

Lorenzo de Kock was gunned down in Delft last Friday allegedly by gangsters, but his aunt Rachel Ceaser says he was never involved with gangs.

"He was always a happy child and he was serving the Lord."

De Kock was killed hours before he was to attend a valedictory service on Friday night.

Ceaser told mourners at his memorial service yesterday some parents aren't coming forward with information because of their children's involvement with gangs.

Dozens of people, including de Kock's family and friends, packed the Roosendaal High school hall where the service was held.

Their heads were bowed in grief and some could be seen wiping away tears as loved ones recounted fond memories of him.

The Grade 12 learner's loved ones described him as a caring and hardworking young man who had dreams of becoming a mechanical engineer.

Ceasar says the community needs to work closer with police in curbing crime

"There's no way the police can control all the gangs, but as the mothers and fathers they have to learn their kids better."