Klara funeral set for Saturday

2015-08-12 18:50
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Johannesburg - The funeral of Klara Göttert is to be held this coming weekend, her mother announced on Wednesday.

"The funeral for our precious Klara Göttert will be held at Aasvoëlkop Dutch Reformed church [the congregation that was formerly headed by Reverend Beyers Naudé] in Northcliff, Johannesburg, at 2pm on Saturday August 15 2015," Liesl Göttert posted on her Facebook page. 

She told News24 in an interview earlier on Wednesday that Klara was the "friendliest, most loving child with such a soft heart. She could not walk past a dog without giving it a hug. She was a ray of sunshine in everyone's lives".

The 14-year-old's body was found at Northgate mall, north of Johannesburg, on Tuesday evening.

Although Göttert told other media that Klara had committed suicide, by late Wednesday morning she said new information had come to light. She did not want to come to quick conclusions about her daughter's death.

The police could only confirm that an inquest docket was opened and that they were investigating.

The girl's body was found in the mall, where she had fallen to her death on Tuesday evening. She was still wearing her school uniform. News that she was missing went viral on Facebook hours before her body was discovered in the mall.

"She was such an active child. She loved ice skating, she loved sport, she loved doing Parkour [a non-competitive art form involving running, jumping and chasing]," Göttert said.

Last day

Göttert said she did not want to go into detail pertaining to her daughter's last day, saying only that she had "one or two bad experiences" at school that day. She was a pupil at the Deutsche Internationale Schule Johannesburg.

Principal Thomas Bachmeier expressed his "heartfelt sympathy" over her death in a letter posted on the school's website, but added that out of consideration for the family, no further information would be made public.

Göttert has tried to retrace her daughter's steps and has since discovered that she caught a bus to the George Lea Sports Park in Sandton, where she wanted to attend a Parkour class between 17:00 and 19:00.

She did not have permission from her mother to go to the class.

"Something happened there... I don't know what. Her best friend was also there. We have information that she tried to call someone and then from there, she got a lift from an old man to Northgate mall. She told him some story about how she needed a lift."

Göttert said she has spoken to the man and he confirmed that he dropped Klara off at the mall.

"Initially it looked like it was a suicide, but now new information has emerged, but I don't want to pre-empt the outcome of the investigation."

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