Cape Town boy, 9, shot dead while walking home from school

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  • Glenn Chanuwor, 9, was caught in gang crossfire in Wallacedene, Kraaifontein.
  • The Grade 2 pupil died later that day in the local day hospital.
  • He was killed just over a kilometre away from where Duran Visagie, 11, was gunned down last month.

A nine-year-old boy has been killed in gang crossfire while walking home from school, the Daily Voice reports.

Glenn Chanuwor was reportedly hit in the head in Wallacedene, Kraaifontein, about 300m from his home.

His mother, Dinna, told the publication a number of children were caught in the middle when gangs started shooting and throwing stones at each other on Tuesday.

When she arrived at the Kraaifontein Day Hospital after being informed that something had happened to her son, she found him with his head covered with a white cloth where the bullet had struck.

The Grade 2 pupil died later that day.

READ | Boy, 11, caught in gang crossfire in Cape Town dies

Police spokesperson Colonel Andre Traut confirmed that a case of murder was being investigated after the child was shot at around 14:45 at the corners of Skiet and Tongana Streets.

"It is suspected that the victim was caught in the crossfire of rival gangs," he said.

No arrests had been made.

Last month, 11-year-old Duran Visagie was shot dead by a stray bullet just over a kilometre away in Scottsdene.

Two alleged gangsters were arrested for the murder. At the time of their appearance in the dock, Visagie's grief-stricken mother Anthea was in labour giving birth to another son, EWN reported at the time.

The boy's last words were of his impatience to meet his baby brother with whom he had wanted to play marbles.

His mother and little Noah were later welcomed home with a surprise gathering by neighbours who wanted to show the family their support, the Cape Argus reported.

- Compiled by Tammy Petersen

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