An 18-year-old from Belhar died in his pyjamas in the street after gangsters opened fire on each other as he was walking to the shop in Ukulele Street.
Residents say Raywin Swanepoel died close to the park where he used to hang out with his friends.
Relatives say the Grade 11 pupil was neither a gangster nor affiliated to any gangs in the area and his traumatised family are now looking for answers.
The family asked for time to grieve and said they were too heartsore to speak about the incident on Sunday.
According to a neighbour, Raywin was well known in the community, was described as a respectful and fun-loving young man, who made it a point to stay away from crime, drugs and gangs as he had plans for the future.
“He was going to be one of those guys who changed the world. He was going to work for a safer, better community and make us all proud,” a hartseer neighbour, who asked not to be named, told the Daily Voice.
“He always spoke about making the community safe again and we never realised the very thing he was so hopeful for, would be his end.”
Police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk confirmed the incident.
“Circumstances surrounding a shooting incident on Friday evening about 10pm in Ukulele Street, Belhar, where an 18-year-old male was shot and fatally wounded are under investigation.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111.