Uitsig community struggles to cope with double murders

Uitsig residents say the murders of two family members are another reminder of the out of control gangsterism.

One of Justin and Barend Langley's relatives struggles to contain her grief at the funeral in Uitsig, 22 November 2014, Cape Town. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Uitsig community members say the murders of two family members are yet another reminder of the out of control gangsterism in the area.

Seventeen-year-old Justin Langley and his uncle were beaten to death in Uitsig earlier this month.

Community members attended the Baptist Church yesterday for the two men's funeral.

Speakers at the double funeral pleaded with parents to play a bigger role in the lives of their children.

Langley was praised as hard working and pleasant young man who was killed at the hands of gangsters.

His uncle, Barend Langley, intervened in the attack and tried to protect the teen, but was overpowered and also attacked by 10 men.

Barend died in hospital a few days later while his nephew was declared dead on the scene.

The Uitsig community called the tragedy a wakeup call as they need to stand together to fight crime in the area.

Furthermore, police have arrested six suspects, in connection with the attack, who are currently behind bars.

They're due back in court next month.

More than 700 residents have signed a petition in protest against the accused being released on bail.

Video: Uitsig mourns Justin and Barend Langley