Girl killed in suspected gang crossfire

2016-02-01 15:01
Stacy Ganger. (Picture: Supplied)

Stacy Ganger. (Picture: Supplied)

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Cape Town - The mother of a Cape Town girl killed in the crossfire of a suspected gang shooting on Saturday night will never forget the image of her 12-year-old daughter bleeding to death.

Stacy Ganger died at the scene in Short Street, Bishop Lavis, seconds after her mother arrived.

"I told her I loved her and gave her a kiss. She opened her mouth to say something, but nothing came out. Then she was gone," Charmaine Ganger said on Monday.

A 15-year-old boy, understood to be a friend from school, was with Stacy at the time of the shooting. He was shot six times and was taken to hospital.

Ganger said the family had been having a braai at their home on Saturday night to celebrate her brother-in-law’s birthday.

"I had popped around to my mother’s house next door. When I came back, Stacy’s half-brother told her dad that Stacy had been shot in the head near the game shop," she recalled.

"They hadn't realised that I had overheard. I was so shocked I ran back to my mother to tell her what I had heard."

When Ganger arrived at the scene, her daughter was still alive.

"I was there when she died. It broke my heart. All I could think of was how excited she was about her prom, and her determination to finish school and fulfil her dream of becoming an air hostess.

"Those things will never happen now."

She will always cherish their last family outing to a Pinelands resort earlier that day, Ganger said.

"We took lots of photos and had such a lovely day. I didn't realise that would be the last few hours I would spend with my child.

"She was so young. She didn't deserve to die that way. She was innocent and loving."

She does not believe her child was the gunmen’s target.

"Who would intentionally shoot a child?" she asked.

“Someone had apparently called her to come to the game shop. I don’t know why she went so late because she never did it before. Stacy was at the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Police spokesperson Constable Noloyiso Rwexana said murder and attempted murder cases were opened for investigation.

No arrests had been made.

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