Mourners pay last respects to Rene Roman

The 13-year-old girl was murdered last month and her body hidden in a house in Lavender Hill, a short distance from her home.

FILE: Lavender Hill community members came out in numbers to support the family of slain 13-year-old Rene Roman during her funeral on 1 April 2017. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

LAVENDER HILL - Hundreds of mourners have paid their final respects to slain 13-year-old Rene Roman from Lavender Hill outside Cape Town on Saturday morning.

Roman was murdered last month and her body hidden in a house in the area, a short distance from her home.

Her body was discovered last week after she’d been missing for two weeks.

Cape Town Police arrested a 50-year-old suspect shortly after the teenager’s body was found.

The New Apostolic Church in Lavender Hill is crammed with community and family members as well as the murdered child's class mates.

Police officers, traffic officials and Western Cape emergency services are present in case they’re needed.

Rene Roman’s casket is adorned with pink and white flowers and gold trimmings.

Roman’s uncle Steven De Villiers says today has been one of the toughest days for the family since the girl's disappearance three weeks ago.

“We’re torn but it’s something that will make us stronger as a family.”

Learners from Roman’s school, Levana Primary, are wearing their uniforms and the school's band has led the large group of mourners out of the church.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)