Friends and family mourn the deaths of Justin and Barend Langley

Mourners say Justin and Barend Langley’s relationship was like that of a loving father and son.

An Uistig youngster described Justin Langley 'as a dear friend' at a joint memorial service held for the teen and his uncle Barend on 16 November 2014. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Family and friends of an Uitsig teenager and his uncle who were murdered this week have gathered to pay tribute to them.

17-year-old Justin Langley was hacked to death after allegedly confronting a group of men about an attack on his uncle.

His 27-year-old uncle, Barend Langley apparently tried to protect him and was stabbed 19 times.

He died in hospital after an operation this week.

Mourners say Justin and Barend Langley's relationship was like that of a loving father and son.

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The two died while trying to protect each other from a group of alleged gangsters.

Community members came together to remember the lives of the two men today.

Many remembered their love for one another and again expressed how saddened they are by the tragedy.

Six people are in custody for the murders and appear in court again on Tuesday.

Bridget Langley, who's lost her son and brother in a matter of days, says the upcoming festive season will be the family's saddest one yet.

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Family, friends and community members on Friday gathered at the Uitsig flat, to support Langley and her elderly mother.

Langley says besides taking care of his two-year-old daughter, her brother Barend was their family's breadwinner.

"I didn't have to work because he was working for me and my kids. He was everything for us."