Athlone reeling after boy (11) shot dead in gang shooting

Rimeez Ismail was hit by a stray bullet while playing with a friend outside his home on Sunday afternoon.

Rimeez Ismail. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN – An Athlone community is reeling following the murder of an 11-year-old boy.

Rimeez Ismail was shot dead while playing with a friend outside his home on Sunday afternoon.

He was hit by a stray bullet during a gang shooting.

Ismail was a member of local soccer club FC Kapstadt.

The club's Iekraam Abdullah says he is devastated.

β€œHe could play anywhere, from mid-field to striker. This has hurt everybody. He was a very disciplined, very quiet boy and was well known because he was very talented.”

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)