The Waterloo family lost a brother and a son, 30-year-old Ricardo, on 6 June and still no headway has been made in the case, with the number of murders taking place in Lavender Hill on the rise.Samuel, his brother said Ricardo was shot when several men, who are known to the family, stormed a friend’s residence with an objective to kill him. Samuel recalls the ordeal that took his brother’s life and that which could have cost him his own life. “We were together on a Saturday afternoon and he told me to go with him to his home, and then he wanted to go to his other friend to smoke a pipe. My girlfriend called me to go with her, and when I left, some guys came into the house and they shot him,” he claims.Dina, mother of Ricardo and Samuel adds: “They shot other people in the same house – the same people – about a week later.”According to her, Ricardo was a kind and quiet person, and the void left by him is strongly felt in their Lavender Hill home.Since then, six murders have been reported to the media, in addition to six cases of attempted murder or injury by gunfire, however, some residents feel that this is not an accurate tally of the violence that takes place in the community.“The police know everything that is going on in the community, but they don’t want to let people know the true crime statistics,” says a resident who does not want to be named for fear of victimisation.In a response to the allegation, Sergeant Wesley Twigg, spokesperson for Steenberg police, says: “There is a moratorium on the crime statistics. We, as the police, can only confirm cases that have been reported, we cannot release crime statistics. The complete report of statistics can only be released by the minister, in parliament.”One of the most recent deaths was that of a 6-year-old girl who was caught in the line of fire while playing outside on Saturday 24 August. According to Twigg, a confrontation between two men in the street lead to one of the men opening fire and fatally wounding the child. No suspects have been arrested.