Murdered Kayla always shared 'last money with friends at break'

2016-03-16 08:17
Only memories are left at Randfontein Primary school of 9-year old Kayla Meyer. (Iavan Pijoos, News24)

Only memories are left at Randfontein Primary school of 9-year old Kayla Meyer. (Iavan Pijoos, News24)

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Johannesburg – A counsellor at Randfontein Primary School used a puppet show to explain the concept of death to Kayla Meyer's Grade 3 classmates following her brutal murder last week.

“The counsellor used the illustration of a puppet show where one animal passes away. After the puppet show each learner was given a white piece of paper with glitter and colouring crayons, and had to draw their image of Kayla in heaven,” said Kayla's school teacher, Chantel Borissza.

She said the entire school was shocked and heartbroken at the news of Kayla's death. “We will always remember her as a kind, loving and zealously spirited child,” Borissza said.

“Kayla was quite a joker and she always had such a beautiful smile on her face," she said.

Fighting back tears, Borissza described Kayla as a very shy and caring person.

“She had such a soft heart and always wanted to help the rest of the learners. How can you not love such a beautiful soul,” Borissza said.

“She cared a lot for her friends and she would always share her last money at break times with them,” she said.

Plant a tree in memory

Borissza said she tried to end every school day with the learners sharing a positive thought of Kayla.

Monty McCormack, 73, his son Kennith McCormack, 42, Kennith’s fiancée Marietjie Meyer and her 9-year-old daughter Kayla Meyer, were killed on a Randfontein farm in Rodora, Doornfontein, last week.


A candle burns alongside a framed photo of Kayla. (Iavan Piljoos, News24)


The attack was assumed to have happened between Wednesday evening and the early hours of Thursday morning. Randfontein police spokesperson, Captain Appel Ernst, said the victims allegedly all sustained blunt force trauma.

Despite having to deal with a lot of learners on a daily basis, principal Leon Haupt said he would never forget the hugs Kayla used to give him.

“Whenever she used to see me on the school grounds, she would run to me and hug me. I will never forget her face,” Haupt said, adding that it was sad to lose a child in such a cruel manner.

Randfontein Primary School will have a memorial service for Kayla at 10:00 on Thursday.

“At the memorial service we are going to release balloons and plant a tree in memory of Kayla Meyer,” Haupt said.  

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