A Kalkfontein family is seeking answers after their 14-year-old boy was shot dead by an unknown gunman last Friday.
Deago Smith was watching his friends dowwelling in Magda Street around 9pm when a shot was fired, catching him in the leg.
As he fell to the ground, the gunman came closer and fired more shots, killing the teen.
“He did not deserve to die like that,” cries his grandmother Mimi Smith.
“I raised that child, he attended Sunday school. He was not a gangster, he was a good athlete who had his whole life ahead of him.”
The ouma feels that the family has been robbed of a special boy who had a bright future.
“He had dreams, but he did not only have dreams, he was working towards them,” she says.
“We were robbed of a precious soul by an evil person who shot him dead for no reason.”
Relative Daniel Sias says Deago saw who his shooter was.
“After he was shot, he removed his hoodie to show the shooter that he was not a gangster, but he finished him off,” he says.
“He was not a skollie, he was young to die like that.”
The family says Deago had a promising future ahead of him.
They say he was a top athlete at his former primary school and had just entered high school.
“He was meant to continue with running at Sarepta High, but the pandemic happened,” says Daniel.
“His grandmother raised him well and we all had hopes that he would become one of the top athletes in the country.”
His hartseer ouma wants to know why he was killed.
“If I could get answers why was my boy killed... He was a well-mannered boy who had no issues with anyone. The police must assist us and get the killer to answer.”
Police did not respond to enquiries for comment yesterday.s
The community lay a wreath on the spot where the boy was killed. He will be buried on Saturday.