Community mourns boy

2019-11-12 06:00
Cameron Davids was mourned by his peers and teacher at Hillwood Primary School on Wednesday 6 November. PHOTOS: Racine Edwardes

Cameron Davids was mourned by his peers and teacher at Hillwood Primary School on Wednesday 6 November. PHOTOS: Racine Edwardes

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On Wednesday 6 November, Hillwood Primary School held an emotional remembrance ceremony for Cameron Davids, the 14-year-old Lavender Hill boy who was gunned down in a gang-related incident on Friday 1 November.

According to Pastor Basil Leukes, the incident happened at midday as Cameron rode his bicycle in Lavender Hill. It is alleged a gang member, armed with a gun, approached the Grade 7 learner and instructed him to take him to the territory of a rival gang on his bicycle.

A shootout ensued during which Cameron fled to the corner of St Simon Street and St Christopher Avenue, where it is alleged rival gang members shot him.

Sgt Wesley Twigg, the spokesperson for Steenberg police, confirmed the incident.

“According to reports, the victim was chased by four unknown suspects who shot him. The suspects fled the scene. A case of murder was opened.”

The community speculates that the rival gang assumed Cameron belonged to the same gang as the man who held him at gunpoint.

His mother, Natasha, said she was at a loss for words.

“I’m going to miss his jokes and the music – he loved to play music for me from his phone,” she said.

Learners in his grade read tributes, mentioning Cameron’s playful nature.

His teacher, Bruce Asia, shared the same sentiment, adding that he was not prepared for the news he received on Friday.

“On Friday afternoon, when I heard the news, I asked: ‘Did I tell Cameron that I love him? Did I tell him that the Lord loves him?’”

His peers shared stories of the last time they saw him on Thursday 31 October and together they mourned the loss of their friend.

A family member, who was a father figure to Cameron, said his death opened up wounds that have barely had a chance to heal.

“They shot his father – Cameron was with me at the time – and we changed our lives when his father died. He was like my own son. My son was also killed two years ago in gang violence – we’re still mourning the death of our son and yet again, a child has died.”

He said Cameron was preparing for his Grade 7 prom and had asked to use his new car to drive him there.

He added that Salt River morgue was busy on Monday 4 November when the family went to identify the body.

Other Lavender Hill residents were there, all with the same task following a spate of violent crimes this past month.

“We as the community just have to sit here and watch our young people die,” he said. “The government is failing us. Our ward councillors are failing us. And the gangsters are winning. If they are locked up today, then by tomorrow, they’re out.”

Cameron’s death follows that of six-year-old Nathlia Pienaar who was gunned down while skipping rope in Lavender Hill in late August.

 

  • Anyone with information on the shooting incident can contact Steenberg police on 021 702 9000 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

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