Bullet to the brain



May 23, 2016
Bullet to the brain

GONE: Grade 9 learner, Keegan Smith, 15.

Teen killed in drive-by shooting.

A 15-year-old boy was left brain dead after he was shot in his head in a drive-by shooting.

Sadly Keegan Smith passed away yesterday around 2pm when doctors at Groote Schuur Hospital switched off the machines that were keeping him alive.

On Saturday evening Keegan and a friend were on their way to a tuck shop in Surburg Road, Hanover Park, when gangsters in a car randomly opened fire on them.

His friend managed to escape unharmed, but a bullet hit the Grade 9 Groenvlei High School learner on the side of his head.

His 16-year-old friend, who did not want to be identified out of fear for his life, says they’ve been watching movies at his house.

“We left the house to buy something for us while we watched movies,” the boy tells the Daily Voice.

He says they were on the way to the shop when they were attacked.

“We are not gangsters, we are school children,” says the frightened teen.

Keegan’s heartbroken mother, Anthea Smit, says she saw her youngest son alive just 30 minutes before.

Anthea says she immediately went to look for her son when she heard the gunshots.

Die gangsters skiet mos op mekaar maar nou skiet hulle enige een raak wie in die pad bly,” she sobs.

Keegan, who was a keen soccer player, was declared brain dead.

“The doctors said there is nothing more they can do for him so they asked us to make a decision,” the mom said .

Captain Frederick van Wyk says the suspect was still at large.

“The motive and cause for the shooting is unknown and it is yet to be determined if the incident was gang-related,” said Van Wyk.

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