Teen dies in gang shooting

ct Mary Marcus _5955 done inlsa GRIEVING: Mary Marcus, 75, says her grandson Jason who was apparently caught in gang crossfire, died in a field. He was 18. Photo: Brenton Geach

Siyavuya Mzantsi

A MITCHELLS Plain teenager has died in what appears to have been gang crossfire while on his way to visit a friend.

Jason Marcus, 18, was in Kenilworth Street, about 100 metres from his Beacon Valley home, when he was caught in what was believed to be a gang-related shooting on Friday morning.

He was wounded several times in the head and died where he fell.

His grandmother, Marry Marcus, 76, said she was visiting a friend when she heard about the shooting

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“Someone came to my friend’s place and told me Jason had been shot,” she said yesterday.

“I was shocked and confused because I had just seen him leaving the house.

“I rushed to the field where the shooting took place and there were a lot of people around him.

“He was lying there on the ground.”

Jason had lived with his grandmother from the time he was a baby.

“He dropped out of school when he was about 14 years old, but he was saying he would look for another school,” Marcus said.

“I am not sure if he was in gangs. He was always playing with his friends in front of the house.

“I can’t believe what happened to him. I am confused and frustrated.”

As Jason lay in the field, Marcus said, she “tried hard to give him a hug or have contact” with him.

“But people prevented me from doing that. The pastors were already praying at the scene.

“I don’t know why they shot him. I feel alone. It’s painful to lose your grandson this way.”

Police spokesman FC Van Wyk said no one had been arrested.

More than 30 people have been killed in gang-related shootings since the beginning of the year.

Three people were shot dead in Korfbal Street, Beacon Valley, last month.

One of them was a 12-year-old girl, Jucinta Matroos.

l Anyone with information about the killing of Jason Marcus should call Warrant Officer Dederick April at 082 777 8076, Crime Stop toll-free at 08600 1011 or SMS Crimeline 32211.

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