A family's broken heart

2016-02-02 10:32
Parkwood community members stand by the Boltman and Smith families after 10-year-old Jayden Smith was shot and killed on Tuesday last week. His father Joseph (pictured far right) was also shot in his arm but survived the alleged gang shooting. Jayden’s mother Chantel is pictured in the yellow t-shirt.

Parkwood community members stand by the Boltman and Smith families after 10-year-old Jayden Smith was shot and killed on Tuesday last week. His father Joseph (pictured far right) was also shot in his arm but survived the alleged gang shooting. Jayden’s mother Chantel is pictured in the yellow t-shirt.

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Two suspects arrested in the murder of 10-year-old Jayden Joseph Smith of Parkwood are set to appear in court again today.
Bail was denied on Friday in their first court appearance in the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court on charges of murder and attempted murder.
Meanwhile, a sombre mood has settled in Parkwood as family and neighbours of Jayden mourn his death.
Residents from the area gathered outside Jayden’s home in Blackbird Avenue after hearing the news that he had been shot on Tuesday last week at about 21:00. His father was also shot in the arm during the alleged gang-related incident.
Jayden’s heartbroken mother Chantel Boltman could not contain her emotions as she cried, questioning the death of her “baby boy”.
Boltman says the incident happened “so quick”, when two men ran into her home, firing shots as they entered.
“These were gangsters that were running from their rivals. As my boy ran inside after returning from the shop, these guys followed him inside and they were shooting all the way through my house,” Boltman cries.
She recalls hearing shots ringing inside her Parkwood home, situated on the outskirts of a tarmac netball court.
“I hit one of the men as he ran through my house to the toilet in an attempt to get away from their rivals. The next moment I just heard my son saying ‘Mommy,’” she says.
“He died in my arms,” Boltman cries.
Jayden was taken to hospital by another resident after the family saw the bullet wound in his back.
“He still called out looking for his friend Imtiyaaz. Those were the last words we heard from him,” Boltman says.
Jayden died in hospital.

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