Heartbreaking Tragedy: Two children shot dead in gang crossfire


Tragedy strikes Gugulethu family as two children fall victim to gang crossfire

A cloud of sorrow hangs over a Gugulethu family as they mourn the loss of their two young children, Layola and Khanide Gwadiso. The siblings, aged eight and two respectively, tragically lost their lives in a heart-wrenching incident of gang crossfire. The incident occurred just steps away from the family’s home, leaving parents Ntembeko and Bomikazi Gwadiso devastated and searching for answers.

The Unfolding Tragedy

On Monday, 29 April, Layola and Khanide were returning home from a neighbour’s house in the Lotus informal settlement when the unthinkable happened. Merely 20 meters away from their residence, the innocent children became victims of a senseless act of violence.

Eyewitness Account

Anitha Mangwentshu, a neighbour, recounted the harrowing moments leading up to the tragedy. She revealed that the children had just left her house when the gunfire erupted. In the chaos that followed, Anitha discovered Khanide bleeding and promptly rushed him to the hospital. However, Layola was nowhere to be found at the scene.

A Family in Anguish

Uncle Xolisa Gwadiso expressed the family’s disbelief and anguish over the loss of his brother’s children. The circumstances surrounding their deaths remain unclear, as both Layola and Khanide bore two bullet wounds, suggesting that they were intentionally targeted. The fact that they were the only ones affected, despite other children being present in the vicinity, adds to the family’s confusion and pain.

A Heroic Act of Protection

Reports emerged that Layola bravely tried to shield her younger brother during the shooting, a testament to her love and bravery. This heartbreaking detail further deepens the family’s grief, knowing that Layola’s final moments were spent protecting Khanide.

Seeking Closure and Solace

The Gwadiso family plans to bring their children back to their ancestral land in Mqanduli, Eastern Cape, for a proper burial on 11 May. It is their hope that laying Layola and Khanide to rest in their ancestral home will provide solace and closure during this devastating time.

Investigation Underway

Police spokesman Sergeant Wesley Twigg confirmed that a thorough investigation is underway. According to initial reports, unknown individuals engaged in a shootout, with the innocent children caught in the crossfire. The suspects fled the scene, and law enforcement is actively pursuing their arrest.

The tragic loss of Layola and Khanide Gwadiso serves as a stark reminder of the devastating impact of gang violence on innocent lives. As the Gugulethu community mourns alongside the grieving family, it is imperative that swift justice is served, ensuring that those responsible for this senseless act are held accountable. May the memories of Layola and Khanide be cherished, and their loved ones find the strength to navigate through this time of profound grief.

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