The family of the dead five-year-old Lavender Hill boy, who was gunned down after saving his little brother on Saturday, needs help to bury him.
Little Valentino Grootetjie was shot in the head while shielding his two-year-old brother from the gunfire of two skollies.
The young boy died just metres from the kitchen door.
This after two gunmen tried to kill an alleged drug mert who was in the yard at the time speaking to a woman who had been visiting the family.
The 22-year-old suspected drug dealer was shot and critically injured and is currently in hospital.
GRIEF: Boy’s parents
Valentino’s bereaved aunt, Chrystal Joseph, 27, says the family has run out of money after burying her own father a week ago.
“My father’s funeral was a week ago which really put a dent into our pockets,” she says.
“Valentino’s mother is not here at the moment, she is at the morgue.
“We don’t have a set date for him to be buried but we want him to be laid to rest as soon as possible and we are seeking funds to help bury him.”
The vibrant little boy was known as “ almal se kind” and loved helping his mom with his two younger brothers, the baby being just a month old.
Residents say rival skollies have been shooting “non-stop” as they fight over drug turf in the area.
Two suspects are expected to appear in the Wynberg Magistrates' Court on Friday following their arrest on Monday afternoon.
If you would like to assist the family,
contact Chrystal on 061 877 6207.