How Taegrin Morris’ death changed Reiger Park

2014-07-25 00:55

The death of 4-year-old Taegrin Morris reminds Junelle Williams how lucky her family is.

“My family and I were also hijacked in Reiger Park last month,” said Williams.

Williams was travelling in the evening with her husband to a friend’s place when they were held at gunpoint by two men.

“We had just dropped off our oldest daughter at church. As we pulled up towards our friend’s flat, two men with guns told us to get out of the car.”

Her two youngest children were in the back of the car and were also forced out of the vehicle.

Williams was one of the speakers at the memorial service held in honour of young Taegrin last night.

“Chantel [Taegrin’s mother] I am here to tell you that we are weeping with you after the loss of your son,” said Williams.

“Enough is enough,” she shouted as she ended her speech – which was met by raucous cheers.

She later revealed that the men suspected to have been involved in Taegrin’s death resembled the men who had held her family at gunpoint.

“We have spoken to the police to see where we can help,” she said.

Williams was one of more than a thousand community members who squeezed into the hall, which was filled to capacity. Others had to watch through the windows.

“I want to pay my respects. I know the family. You can’t turn me away,” said a middle-aged woman as she was led away by security personnel.

The 4-year-old died after he had been dragged alongside his family’s hijacked car.

All around the hall, posters with a picture of the little boy were scattered on the wall with a message that read: “Taegrin’s life ended and transformation for Reiger Park began.”

During the memorial service, the community vowed to use Taegrin’s death as a catalyst to recommit themselves to fighting crime.

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